Would you name your baby after a popular television series? Celebrity influence on baby names isn’t a new thing. A quick Google search for “celebrity baby names” will tell you that, but how often can a name’s rise in popularity be clearly attributed to one source?
I’m a fan of unique names. From video games to various fandoms, I find lots of inspiration for baby names. Some names have a stronger character association than others, which can affect how others receive the name as well as how baby will feel about it when they are older.
What’s fascinating to me, is seeing how popular shows such as Game of Thrones influences baby names. Several names on my list of 20 baby girl names inspired by fandoms were from Game of Thrones, including Arya, Daenerys and Khaleesi. The name Arya was around prior to the books the show is based on, however, the popularity of the name shot up since the first season debuted in 2011. While it’s hard to say for certain it’s because of the tough Stark girl, two other names have risen in popularity in the last couple of years. Daenerys and Khaleesi haven’t registered on the Social Security Administration name reports prior to 2010 (There must be at least five children born within the year registered with a name for it to be included).