Game of Thrones Baby Names Are Spreading in England and Wales

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Aug. 12 2013 8:49 AM

British Families Are Naming Their Babies After Game of Thrones Characters

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The Stark family is dominating the Game of Thrones baby-name game in England and Wales.

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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.

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On the girls' side, I see four named Sansa, 104 named Arya, three named Catelyn, and sadly zero named Cersei.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.

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