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'Hunger Games' & 'Game Of Thrones' Inspire Most Popular Baby Names

Sat, July 14, 2012 11:30am EDT by 8 Comments
Popular Baby Names

This year’s hottest baby names are based on such phenomenons as ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Hunger Games,’ and even One Direction! Read on to find out which names made the cut.

It looks like the kindergarten class of 2017 is going to be rocking some unique, but highly-familiar names! The most-researched baby names so far in 2012 represent fans’ favorite TV, books, and movies.

The hottest baby names for the first half of 2012 — those that got the most page views in the baby name guide nameberry — seem to be taken directly from the big and small screens.

Hunger Games and Game of Thrones are a common theme, with Senna (and the male form Cinna) coming in at the top of the list. The name saw a 1500 percent increase from 2011! Lenny Kravitz portrayed the likeable character of Cinna in the Hunger Games movie — do you think he had an influence?

Ayra, another popular search, is based on the fiery young heroine from Game of Thrones. Although Aria had been a popular search on nameberry before, the popular TV character spelling with a “y” saw an 800 percent increase in searches.

Also at the top of the list is Niallas in Niall Horan! It’s an Irish name meaning cloud, but we have a feeling the cute One Directioner had something to do with this name’s popularity.

Other highly-searched names on the list include Blue, the name of Beyonce and Jay-Z‘s baby girl, Gatsby, based on the classic novel The Great Gatsby that is hitting the big screen later in 2012, and Sybil, from the highly-rated show Downton Abbey.

What do YOU think HollyMoms? Would you name your kid after your favorite character or pop singer?