Maisie Williams’ vengeful Game of Thrones character Arya Stark has inspired hundreds of parents to name their children after her.
According to BBC, 343 newborn girls in England and Wales were given the name Arya in 2017, which is an increase of 41 on the previous year. Let’s hope this doesn’t welcome a spike in sword-wielding, face-swapping crimes during the next couple of decades…
There have also been a record 76 babies received the name Khaleesi last year, influenced by Emilia Clarke’s powerful Mother of Dragons from the HBO fantasy epic.
Just to mix things up a little, Daenarys was the name given to three children.
Believe it or not, 11 new Tyrions walked the earth last year too – which is the same number as in 2016.
But it’s not all about the GoT.
Star Wars characters have also proven popular with parents of late, with the death of Carrie Fisher no doubt contributing to the rise of little Leia’s during 2017; there were 149 in total.
Adam Driver’s red-lightsabered Kylo Ren is another on the list, with 70 Kylo’s welcomed into the world.
DC supervillain Harley-Quinn was an interesting addition to the fold too, with 3 girls snatching her name last year.
Hopefully they’ll turn out to be Daddy’s Little Angels as opposed to Monsters.
Game of Thrones season 8 will premiere in 2019. The show airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic and NOW TV in the UK. Season 7 is now available to buy on DVD, Blu-ray or digital download.
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