Game of Thrones names: Would you choose Arya, Daenerys or Theon for YOUR baby?

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  • Considering Game of Thrones names for your baby? You're not alone. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there's been a huge spike in parents drawing baby name inspiration from the popular HBO show.

    In 2015, 280 girls were given the name Arya, whilst 68 were given the more unusual name Khaleesi. For boys, the name Theon has proved increasingly popular, with 30 born in 2015, as well as 14 Tyrions, 11 Brans and five Ramsays.

    Want to follow in their footsteps and find a Game of Thrones name that’s perfect for your new arrival?

    Here’s some of our favourites – although we don’t imagine that any of you will be picking Joffrey anytime soon…

    Game of Thrones names for girls

    Arya
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    Strong, powerful and brave, it’s not surprising that Arya has been one of the most popular Game of Thrones names.

    Sansa
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    Sansa is known for her looks, but she’s also as intelligent and talented as her sister – she simply displays it in different ways.

    Daenerys or Khaleesi
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    They’re more unusual choices, but you could do worse than naming your daughter after the mother of dragons…

    Margaery
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    Margaery had the brains and beauty to become a queen, making it a thoughtful choice for your little princess.

    Ygritte
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    Most of us know Ygritte as the woman that wooed Jon Snow, but she was also an impressive warrior in her own right.

    Brienne
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    Brienne of Tarth is independent and strong-minded – a great role model for any girl.

    Catelyn
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    Loyal and noble, the character of Catelyn makes great inspiration if you’re looking for Game of Thrones names that aren’t too unusual.

    Cersei
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    Okay, so she might not be the most likeable player in the story, but we can’t deny that the name Cersei is a pretty one…

    Melisandre
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    Similarly, Red Woman Melisandre is not to be messed with; perfect if you want a bold but still beautiful moniker.

    Missandei
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    See an important job in your little one’s future? Missandei is trusted advisor to the Khaleesi – and you could nickname her Missy for short.

    Gilly
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    Another less ‘out there’ option, both Gilly and her name are simple and sweet.

    Myrcella
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    Poor Myrcella may have met an unhappy end in the show, but before that, she lived a life of luxury…

    Game of Thrones names for boys

    Theon
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    Theon has proved to be the most popular Game of Thrones name for boys – although we’ll let you decide whether that’s down to his character or not…

    Eddard

    Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, the name Eddard can also be shortened to the catchier Ned.

    Bran
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    Eddard and Catelyn’s gave all of their sons lovely names, but Bran is one of our favourites.

    Rickon
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    Another son of the Starks, Rickon makes an unusual twist on the better-known Rick or Ricky.

    Jon
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    The most ‘ordinary’ Game of Thrones name of them all – but it’s still a classic choice for any little boy.

    Robb
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    Robb was only a leader for a short time, but well-liked and well-respected by all of his men.

    Tommen
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    Looking for a regal sounding name for your boy? Plenty of royal blood runs in Tommen’s veins…

    Tyrion
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    Tyrion is clever, trustworthy and has a great sense of humour – all worthy traits to promote in your children.

    Khal or Drogo
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    As one of the most formidable men in the Seven Kingdoms, Khal or Drogo should be used for only the most confident of babies.

    Petyr
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    Not put off by Littlefinger’s cunning nature? The name Petyr is another nice, traditional choice.

    Jorah
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    Jonah has been on the most popular baby name lists for some time, so use Daenerys devotee Jorah Mormont’s name instead for something a little less common.

    Samwell
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    Samwell is one of the most upstanding characters of them all – and in a story built on treason, corruption and war, that’s no mean feat.

    Would you ever consider a Game of Thrones name for your little one? Let us know in the comments below

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