Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Game of Thrones names

Literary works have been adding names to the name pool for hundreds of years. Shakespeare alone has given us the names Olivia, Jessica, Miranda, Cordelia & Imogen! In the 20th century, movies added to the mix of fictional character names. It also began the rise of names from fantasy novels. Along with the Arwens, Eowyns and Theodens (the only names to be used with any regularity in the USA, always showing up in the top 7000) are names like Raistlin (from the Dragonlance series) and Lestat (from Interview With a Vampire et. al.). Most recently are named from George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire books which was made into a television series on HBO. The series debuted in 2011 and already some names have experienced an uptick. The most notable name is: Khaleesi (27 girls named this) and 7 named Kaleesi, which I'm assuming is an alternate spelling. This is interesting because Khaleesi isn't actually a name in the series; it's a title. Girls: Arya 386 up from 276 in 2010 Asha 197 up from 169 in 2010 Both of these names have been in the top 7000 for decades, but last year they experienced a popularity surge. It may have been in part because of the books. Boys: Ned 15 in 2011, up from 0 in 2010 Bran 7 in 2011, up from 0 in 2010 There haven't been any Sansas or Cerseis yet, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time!

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