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Name of Thrones: Parents turning to TV shows for new baby names

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21 Aug 2015

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244 babies were named Ayra in England and Wales last year after Ayra Stark in the fantasy drama Game of Thrones, recent figures reveal. 

A further 53 babies were named Khaleesi after the wife of a warlord, with warrior Brienne of Tarth also giving name to four tots.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) also revealed 35 boys were named after the male characters Theon Gryejoy and Tyrion Lannister.

The recent popularity of the name Riley, which jumped into the top 10 boys’ names in 2012, is also accredited to girls growing up watching the popular late 90s TV series Buffy, where the heroine’s boyfriend was called Riley.

There has also been an increase in popularity of Downton Abbey ‘below-stairs’ style names, such as Isla, Arthur, Oscar, Ava, Ada, Ottlie, Edith, Martha, Felix, Margot, Teddy and Stanley.

“Parents are now searching much further back in time for names, even to the Middle Ages,” explains parenting expert Siobhan Freegard.

ONS also revealed that the most popular boy’s name nationwide was Oliver, followed by Jack, Harry, Jacob and Charlie.

Perhaps surprisingly, Amelia topped the girls’ list, followed by Olivia.

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