'Game of Thrones' domination is nearly complete: 'Arya' is the fastest-rising name for baby girls


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In Game of Thrones, Arya Stark is a middle daughter of a Northern noble family who (no spoilers) has kind of a terrible life. In America, “Arya” is the fastest-rising baby name for girls. According to a press release from the U.S. Social Security Administration, the name jumped from 711 in 2011 to 413 in 2012. That puts it far, far lower than any of the names in the Top 20 — your Emmas, Olivias, and Chloes — but presumably far, far higher than “Cersei.”

Why the leap? Are the expectant parents of the heartland all hoping their children grow up to be coup-hardened, bob-wearing, Needle-thrusting assassins? Alternately, “Arya” kind of sounds like a pretty bird.

Take a look at the list of 2012’s top baby names for boys and girls after the jump.

Rank Boys Girls
1 Jacob Sophia
2 Mason Emma
3 Ethan Isabella
4 Noah Olivia
5 William Ava
6 Liam Emily
7 Jayden Abigail
8 Michael Mia
9 Alexander Madison
10 Aiden Elizabeth
11 Daniel Chloe
12 Matthew Ella
13 Elijah Avery
14 James Addison
15 Anthony Aubrey
16 Benjamin Lily
17 Joshua Natalie
18 Andrew Sofia
19 David Charlotte
20 Joseph Zoey

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