By Adam Carlson
Updated May 10, 2013 at 03:44 PM EDT
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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.

Rank

Boys

Girls

1

Jacob

Sophia

2

Mason

Emma

3

Ethan

Isabella

4

Noah

Olivia

5

William

Ava

6

Liam

Emily

7

Jayden

Abigail

8

Michael

Mia

9

Alexander

Madison

10

Aiden

Elizabeth

11

Daniel

Chloe

12

Matthew

Ella

13

Elijah

Avery

14

James

Addison

15

Anthony

Aubrey

16

Benjamin

Lily

17

Joshua

Natalie

18

Andrew

Sofia

19

David

Charlotte

20

Joseph

Zoey

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Game of Thrones

HBO's epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin's novel series 'A Song of Ice and Fire.'

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  • 8
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  • 73
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  • David Benioff
  • D.B. Weiss
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  • HBO
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