Monday, May 9, 2016

Baby names inspired by fandom for Mother's Day

Original at Fandom Faceoff: Which Franchise Wins on Baby Names?

It's still Mother's Day in the time zones from Chicago west to the Hawaiian Islands, which means also still Sunday.  So for this slightly tardy Sunday entertainment feature, I'm updating both Game of Thrones--names, geology, and security theater and especially More on Game of Thrones names, in which I combined Mother's Day and entertainment by examining baby names inspired by speculative fiction fandom.

I begin with this prediction from Cosmopolitan: These Will Be the Hottest Names for Baby Girls Over the Next Year.
Skyrocketing Game of Thrones ratings have done wonders for the name Khaleesi. "Although technically not Emilia Clarke's character's name in the show, people like it, because it means 'queen,'" says Wattenberg. That's not the only GoT title to take off though. Suzanne notes that many parents are also choosing Aria, partly in response to ultra-fierce character Arya. (The name fits the bill as one with few consonants too.)
That ended up not happening, as Yahoo! News reported in Caitlyn Takes a Dive on Most Popular Baby Name List of 2015: Is Caitlyn Jenner to Blame?
As far as celebrity-inspired name trends, this year there is no Game of Thrones, Teen Mom, or Duck Dynasty phenomenon.
In fact, as the Social Security Administration reported in Change in popularity from 2014 to 2015, the popularity of Khaleesi fell 60 spots from 756th to 816th, which was counterbalanced by Arya rising 15 spots from 216th to 201st.  It was a wash.

As for what fandom-inspired names will become popular this year, Parents listed them in 10 Baby Names Inspired by Your Fave Books, Movies & TV Shows.

Pop-culture junkie? Why not name your child after your fave books, movies & TV shows? Here are 10 baby names to get you started, inspired by Game of Thrones, Star Wars and more.
I would bet on a lot of Finns, Poes, and Reys over the course of the next six years.  Another name I'd bet on would be Anakin, which rose 48 spots from 960th to 912th.  I'll have more on Star Wars names in the near future.  Stay tuned.


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