The United Kingdom's Office of National Statistics is out with 2012 baby names for England and Wales, and the influence of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire is all over the list. The books and television series don't yet have the influence of the Quran (for boys, Muhammed is No. 19 and Mohammed is No. 26), but considering the Martin-inspired names' more recent vintage, their impact is impressive.
We had four boys named Tyrion, 68 named Ned, 15 named Theon (yikes!), and eight named Bran.
On the girls' side, I see four named Sansa, 104 named Arya, three named Catelyn, and sadly zero named Cersei.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola
The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore
And schools are getting worried.
Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War
Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough
So they added a little self-immolation.