Gone are the days of straightforward baby names like Joe, Jimmy, Karen, and Liz. These days parents are taking their cues from pop culture, naming their kids after characters from hit books, movies, and TV shows — most notably The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones. (Because it’s always a good idea to saddle your child with a trending topic as a moniker. Duh.)

Three of Nameberry’s 14 hottest baby names of 2012 so far — based on page view volume for each name — hail from the hit movie and HBO series, and 10 derive from the entertainment world in general.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Senna and Cinna (Twilight and The Hunger Games)
  2. Niall (One Direction’s Niall Horan)
  3. Arya (Game of Thrones’ Arya Stark)
  4. Decimus
  5. Caia (Caia in Samantha Young’s Lunamorte series)
  6. Gatsby (The Great Gatsby)
  7. Blue (Jay-Z and Beyonce’s baby, Blue Ivy Carter)
  8. Sybil (Downton Abbey’s Sybil Crawley)
  9. Calix
  10. Halcyon
  11. Django (Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained)
  12. Nova
  13. Theon (Game of Thrones’ Theon Greyjoy)

Source: Nameberry (via HuffPo)


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