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.