As names like Arya and Khaleesi continue their march up the popularity charts, the baby name triumph of Game of Thrones has made headlines. Is that franchise the new naming champion?
Harry Potter has reigned as king of fandom baby names for years. The last time I checked in, the Hogwarts crew remained a whisker ahead of GoT, with the likes of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and the Marvel Universe trailing behind. Harry Potter, though, has run its course, while the body count continues to mount in Westeros. The time seems ripe for a changing of the guard.
Not so fast. As this chart shows, Luna Lovegood and friends have largely kept pace with Arya Stark and her murderous band. And on a practical note, with Potter names you know in advance whether the character you’re naming after survives the series with body, soul and sanity intact.