These Are the Most Common ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters People Are Naming Their Dogs After

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No spoilers here, we promise! A girl is only celebrating the perfect pet names dog and cat owners can borrow from Game of Thrones. Banfield Pet Hospital, the largest general veterinary practice in the U.S., got curious about trending pet names, so they dug through their database of the more than 3 million dogs and cats treated at their hospitals in 2018. Much to their delight, they found GoT characters to be super popular among pet parents, especially when compared with 2017’s trendy names. Read on to discover which names take the iron throne.

OK, this name technically applies to everything from Pride and Prejudice to Lady Bird, but you hear it every episode whether you’re visiting King’s Landing or Dorne. It’s regal, playful and also the name of Sansa Stark’s direwolf (RIP, Lady). It’s perfect for a well-respected dog who isn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands paws.

Naming dogs after direwolves is a no-brainer. In the show, we meet the pups early on. They go on to prove themselves loyal companions, protectors and friends throughout the series. So, of course 23 percent more dogs were named Nymeria, 12 percent more were named Ghost and 7 percent more were named Summer in 2018 than in 2017.

Pet owners appear to be most loyal to House Stark, with 22 percent more cats and 14 percent more dogs potentially named after Starks year over year.

Just because Summer is inspired by a direwolf doesn’t mean you need to own a husky to use it. The name feels just as fitting for a cat who loves lounging in the sunshine.

In 2018, 21 percent more dogs and 13 percent more cats were named Arya, after the fierce, faceless fighter of the Stark clan. It’s the perfect name for a pet who prefers adventure to sleep.

Mother of Dragons. Protector of the Realm. Breaker of Chains—hopefully your Khaleesi won’t break out of her kennel.

Arguably, winter (as in, the season that’s coming) is its own character on the show. Perhaps this is why in 2018, 13 percent more dog owners and 4 percent more cat owners named their pets Winter than in 2017.

She’s the loyal direwolf who bit Joffrey’s hand back in season one to protect her Arya. Who wouldn’t want a pet as fiercely loyal as Nym?

The name of the eldest Stark daughter has risen 11 percent from 2017 to 2018. It actually has Sanskrit origins and means “praise and charm,” which suits our canine BFFs very well.

Interestingly enough, Banfield found that while overall pet owners lean House Stark, cat owners seem to lean House Lannister. In 2018, 25 percent more cats were named Cersei and 13 percent more cats named Tyrion than the year before.

Ah, Drogon. A full 64 percent more dogs were named after Khaleesi’s fierce dragon in 2018 than in 2017. Our dogs are our children, our protectors, our pride. Naming them after a dragon just feels right.

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