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Meet wee Khaleesi: Game of Thrones fans naming children after favourite characters

By Staff Reporter

Published 18/08/2015

Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who plays Arya Stark gets into the sea during filming at Carnlough yesterday
Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams who plays Arya Stark gets into the sea during filming at Carnlough yesterday
Maisie Williams gets warmed up after the shoot

Characters from the Northern Ireland-filmed Game of Thrones influenced the most popular names for babies born in England and Wales last year.

More than 240 parents called their daughters Arya, and another 53 named them Khaleesi, after Daenerys Targaryen (below).

Tyrion, with 17 mentions, and Theon, with 18, were the most popular boys' names from the fantasy TV show, which is loosely inspired by the Middle Ages - a period that is seeing a revival in terms of baby names.

Oliver and Amelia kept their place as the overall top names for boys and girls born in 2014, but George, the name of Prince William and Kate's son, rose three places to seventh.

It was joined by William and Harry, which kept their places in the top 10 as parents appeared to seek royal inspiration before making their final decision on baby names.

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