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Everyone is Naming Their Kids After These Popular TV Characters

There are a lot of Game of Thrones fans out there apparently.

Whether we’re aware of it or not, TV plays a big role in our lives. As the Video Advertising Bureau’s “TV @ The Epicenter of American Society” report suggests, TV affects everything from the memes we exchange to the phrases we say and the styles we wear—even the names we choose for our babies.

Below, 17 baby names that are rising in popularity thanks to TV shows.

Aria

In Pretty Little Liars, Aria Montgomery, one of the show’s four protagonists, is played by Lucy Hale.

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Aria Montgomery

Harper

Although Wizards of Waverly Place has been off the air for five years, people are still naming their babies after the show’s spunky and smart character, Harper Finkle.

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Harper Finkle

Jackson

Parents who name their child after this Sons of Anarchy character—a mechanic—may also shorten it to “Jax.”

Sons of Anarchy

Ezra

Another name inspired by a character from Pretty Little Liars, Ezra is a Hebrew baby name that means “help” or “helper.”

Ezra

Claire

The rising popularity of this name may be because of Claire Dunphy, a stay-at-home-mom-turned-working-mom, on the show Modern Family.

Claire

Elena

Inspired by the protagonist in Vampire Diaries, the name Elena means “shining light” or “bright one” in Spanish.

Elena

Elliot

Although Elliot in Mr. Robot is anti-social and dark, that hasn’t stopped fans from naming their adorable babies after him.

Elliot Alderson

Luke

Another popular baby name from Modern Family, Luke is the son of Claire and Phil Dunphy, and is one playful, mischievous kid.

Luke Dunphy

Vivien

This name has become trendy because of Connie Britton’s character Vivien Harmon, a cellist trying to repair her family, in American Horror Story.

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Vivien Harmon

Milo

Who knew such a tiny being could make such a big splash in baby names? This one is courtesy of Gossip Girl, where Milo Humphrey is the name of Georgina Sparks’ and Philip Becker’s son.

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Milo Humphrey

Arya

People are naming their daughters after this independent, strong, smallsword-wielding character from Game of Thrones, according to a BBC report.

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Arya Stark

Daenerys

This unique name comes from the timid and beautiful princess Daenerys Targaryen, aka Khaleesi in Game of Thrones.

Daenerys

Tyrion

There’s no doubt about it: if you happen to meet a kiddo named Tyrion in the next few years, chances are, at least one of the parents is a huge Game of Thrones fan and has a special place in his or her heart for the super smart character.

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Tyrion Lannister

Brienne

Taken from Game of Thrones, the name Brienne belongs to a headstrong yet loyal badass woman on the show.

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Brienne of Tarth

Olivia

This name comes from the show Scandal, where Olivia Pope, now Chief of Staff of the White House, is portrayed by Kerry Washington. Olivia is also the second most popular baby girl name for 2016, according to the Social Security Administration.

Olivia Pope

Emily

Also considered a Victorian name meaning “industrious,” Emily happens to be the name of one of the four protagonists of Pretty Little Liars.

Emily Fields

Rory

Ever since the Gilmore Girls reboot in 2016, this name, made famous by Alexis Bledel’s character, has become trendier, jumping 44 spots from a ranking of 681 in 2015 to a ranking of 637 just last year, according to the Social Security Administration.

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Written by Maricar Santos for Working Mother and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com. Featured image provided by Working Mother.

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