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U.K. Parents Name Their Children After 'Game of Thrones,' Too

Earlier this summer, statistics revealed that an astounding 146 baby girls born in the past year had been named Khaleesi, after the title of 'Game of Thrones' character Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). It's a bizarrely high number that indicates just how deeply HBO's fantasy drama has permeated into American culture. 

But what about British culture? Judging solely from the amount of newborn baby names, is 'Game of Thrones' as big a deal over there as it is here? Newly released statistics confirm that, no, it's not. But the show's influence is still felt by a few newborns across the pond, it turns out. 

Though there are no U.K. Khaleesis born in the past year, there are, as it turns out, more than a few Aryas (104 of them, actually). The name (like Ned, which was given to 68 baby boys) existed outside of the 'Game of Thrones' universe but was likely made more popular by the show. 

There are still a few names to come directly from the show, though. Four girls were named Sansa, after Arya Stark's sister, while three were named Catelyn, after their mother. 

When it came to boys, the naming choices were a little more bizarre. While eight boys were named Bran and four were named Tyrion (easily the most distinctive name of the bunch), an astounding fifteen children were named Theon. 

As in, Theon Greyjoy. This guy. 

Yeah, we don't get it either. 

That's the most bizarre of the 'Game of Thrones' names in the U.K., though, and it doesn't hold a candle to 146 Khaleesis. Step your nerd game up, Britain. 

'Game of Thrones' returns to HBO in spring 2014. 

- Peter Dinklage
- Game of Thrones

Written by: mcpherson
Aug 12th, 2013, 8:38 am

Images courtesy of HBO

Podrick Smyth-Jones

Message Posted On Aug 13th, 2013, 2:24 am
No Podricks ? I`m very disappointed indeed.

Message Posted On Aug 12th, 2013, 10:08 pm
It's bizarre because people like Theon aren't the most popular or heroic of characters. It's like calling your child Sméagol. (side note: Auto correct put the acute accent over the e in Sméagol and didn't flag it up as misspelt - unlike Theon)
Google Is Your Friend

Message Posted On Aug 12th, 2013, 6:33 pm
If you take into account how much Alfie Allen is loved in the U.K, i don't really see how brits naming someone after his character would be remotely considered 'Bizarre'. If you said in the U.S then maybe but in his home country & fan base...... Get it now? More internet research needed before article, you must.

Message Posted On Aug 12th, 2013, 6:15 pm
Bran is actually Brandon and Ned is Eddard.
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