The 30 Most Popular Game of Thrones-Related Baby Names in America

Rory McCann, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright in Game of Thrones
Rory McCann, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright in Game of Thrones
Helen Sloan, HBO

What's in a name? Years full of potential humiliation for your child if you decide to get a little too cutesy with their moniker. Or, if your little bundle of joy is set to be a part of the class of 2036, proof that his or her parents were serious Game of Thrones fans back in the day.

The Social Security Administration has released its annual list of the most popular baby names of 2018. While perfectly acceptable names like Emma, Olivia, Liam, and Noah topped the rankings, IndieWire reports that there was clear evidence that a lot of people are naming their kids after their favorite Game of Thrones characters. And the clear winner here is Arya Stark, who now shares a first name with 2545 kids born in 2018.

Coming in at a not-so-close second wasn't a name, but a title: Khaleesi. Daenerys and Tyrion made the list, too. But even the show's most brutal villains got some shout-outs (see: Ramsay and Gregor).

  1. Arya: 2545
  2. Khaleesi: 560
  3. Yara: 434
  4. Lyanna: 319
  5. Shae: 125
  6. Renly: 102
  7. Jory: 72
  8. Tyrion: 58
  9. Brienne: 33
  10. Jorah: 30
  11. Sansa: 29
  12. Catelyn: 21
  13. Ellaria: 17
  14. Oberyn: 15
  15. Nymeria: 15
  16. Ramsay: 15
  17. Theon: 14
  18. Aerys: 14
  19. Gregor: 11
  20. Shireen: 11
  21. Talisa: 11
  22. Sandor: 10
  23. Khal: 9
  24. Olenna: 9
  25. Rennick: 9
  26. Daenerys: 8
  27. Bran: 8
  28. Beric: 8
  29. Brynden: 8
  30. Myranda: 8

[h/t IndieWire]

Letters From James Bond Creator Ian Fleming Detailing His Infidelity Hit the Auction Block

Sony
Sony

If the adage “write what you know” truly applies, then James Bond author Ian Fleming took it to heart. Like 007, his famously womanizing character who later went on to star in a hugely successful movie franchise, Fleming was apparently prone to finding himself in choppy relationship waters, according to a collection of private letters coming up for auction.

Sotheby’s is offering a collection of 160 pieces of correspondence belonging to Fleming, including a series of exchanges between the writer and his wife, Ann, that detail his infidelity.

“You mention ‘bad old bachelor days’—the only person you stopped sleeping with when they ceased was me!” Ann wrote, apparently referencing Fleming’s indiscretions. Other letters seem to hint at a more stable, if lurid, coupling, with Fleming affectionately referring to her as “darling baby” and opening his messages by addressing her as “Dear Monkey” or “Darling Pig.”

Before they married, Ann expressed hope Fleming would arrive to take her away from her then-husband, Esmond, Viscount Rothermere, and “put me in your bed with a raw cowhide whip in my hand so as I can keep you well behaved for 40 years.” Clearly, that plan didn't succeed.

Fleming and Ann were married in 1952 and remained together until his death in 1964. The letters were often exchanged while the writer was on retreat at Goldeneye, Jamaica, where he wrote many of his Bond novels. The letters also frequently reference his work and some of Bond’s origins. In one, he explains work is going so well he’s completing a chapter a day. Describing a boat given to him by a friend, he wrote that “I have christened [it] Octopussy.”

The salacious letters will be auctioned from December 3 to 10 and are expected to fetch between about $260,000 and $400,000.

[h/t The Telegraph]

The Office-Themed Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Here to Show Off Your Dunder Mifflin Spirit

Target
Target

It's now easier than ever to gift your loved ones with Dunder Mifflin-inspired Christmas presents, thanks to Target's new The Office collection. What does it include, you ask? Ugly Christmas sweaters with Dwight Schrute's face and the paper company's logo on them.

As reported by POPSUGAR, Target is selling two different holiday sweaters—one featuring Dwight's festive face and another, more general Dunder Mifflin one—on its website, each priced at $29.99. It seems the NBC series' popularity will never die, as companies continue to sell The Office-related products, from cool artwork to construction sets.

While fans continue to binge The Office on Netflix, they know that major changes are ahead. NBCUniversal is launching its own streaming platform, Peacock, and will take the show back in January 2021. In the meantime, you can still soak up as much Dunder Mifflin insanity as you can handle via Netflix—and now you can do it decked out in a festive holiday sweater.

[h/t POPSUGAR]

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