Parents have long taken inspiration for their child’s name from pop culture. For the last few years, “Twilight”-inspired names like Bella/Isabella and Edward have been huge, as have names borrowed from famous tots like Mason (Kourtney Kardashian’s son). But the names on the rise this year are mostly inspired by characters on the small screen, specifically grim and violent dramas like “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad” and “Homeland.”
According to the website BabyCentre, Skyler rose by 70 percent and Jesse, 13 percent in 2013, the year “Breaking Bad” concluded its epic five-season run. “Homeland”‘s Carrie, Brody and Dana (weirdly enough considering everyone hates her) also saw a significant rise in popularity. And on a more unusual note, “Game of Thrones”‘ Arya and Sansa have become quite popular baby girl names in 2013. This was the first year Sansa was registered with BabyCentre, while Arya managed to crack the top 100 list, up by 183 percent, according to the site. I haven’t made it through all of the Game of Thrones books yet, but as I am convinced George R. R. Martin will eventually kill everyone I love off, I think I would be nervous about giving my kid a name that could be a nerdy bad omen.
But there is one name that is noticeably missing here. Where is Saul? Saul is the name of two prominent and beloved characters on “Breaking Bad” and “Homeland” respectively. How does DANA get babies named after her, but Saul Berenson and Saul Goodman do not? No respect, no respect at all! [Huffington Post]