Game of Thrones Gives Boost to Baby Names

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Of the many bizarre and interesting names on the popular HBO series Game of Thrones that premiered in 2011, Arya, and the alternate spelling Aria, is the fastest rising name. The character Arya Stark, played by the young actress Maisie Williams, may be one of the smallest characters in a extremely long list of cast members, but she is also one of the most captivating.

Aria jumped almost 200 points from #356 last year to #157 on this years list of top baby names and just barely making the top 100 baby names in 2010, Arya also made a big leap from #937 to #711 in 2011. Aria means “lioness” in Hebrew and “air” in Italian and can also be considered a musical name as it is the term commonly used to describe single voice pieces in operas.

Game of Thrones is one of HBO’s many smash hits, based on the fantasy book series by George R. R. Martin. There are dozens of interesting names in the books and the show, such as Sansa, Cersei, Tyrion,  Melisandre, Theon and Daenerys just to name a few.

Unlike many of these exotic names, Arya and Aria were already very similar to another popular name — Arianna. Arianna and its variations Ariana, Aryana and Aryanna have all been increasing steadily. Aria had also been slowly coming up the charts over the past few years, but 2011 gave it a large boost.


Arya’s character also makes her name a great choice. The youngest daughter in the noble Stark family, Arya is a bit of a tomboy who is more interested in fighting and adventures than dresses or marriage like her older sister, Sansa. She uses her cunning and resourcefulness to escape capture again and again throughout the series.

Although Cersei and Daenerys haven’t hit the charts yet, what other Game of Thrones Names can you see becoming more popular? What do you think of Aria and Arya?