Like many, I’m very much caught up in the Game of Thrones hype and am currently working my way through A Dance With Dragons.
Reading the books, I couldn’t help but put together a mental list of names that I think could work outside the pages of the book.
My selection criteria for this list was that the name had to appear in at least one book, and lack popularity (i.e. Catelyn, Arya) or a long history of usage (i.e. Robert).
Also, with character descriptions, I’ve deliberately tried to avoid spoilers – especially hard given I’m pretty much up to date with the books.
Prince Tommen is the third child and second son of Queen Cersei Lannister and King Robert Baratheon. He spends the beginning of the series mostly as a background character, although events later lead him to become slightly more prominent.
The name Tommy is popular in England&Wales at the moment, and perhaps for those wanting to use Tommy as a nickname, but not for Thomas, this is a compromise.
Samwell Tarly joins the Night’s Watch at the same time as Jon Snow, having been forced to by his father so that his younger brother could inherit the family lands (when one joins the Night’s Watch, one gives up all claims to family titles etc.).
When you think about it, this name is pretty similar in sound to Samuel. Admittedly, that means there’s likely to be confusion, but if you’re looking for a quirky long form of the nickname Sam, the name Samwell is an alluring possibility.
Sansa Stark is the eldest daughter and second child of Eddard and Catelyn Stark. She starts off the books aged 11, and is enthralled by the popular ladylike pasttimes, unlike her more rebellious sister, Arya.
Whilst perhaps not the most popular of characters, Sansa is a beautiful name. Something that crossed my mind whilst compiling the list is that Sansa could quite easily be used as a nickname for the ever-delightful Anastasia.
Davos Seaworth is one of Stannis Baratheon’s aides and is a smuggler turned good after he smuggled a boat load of onions to Stannis during the Siege of Storm’s End and was knighted for his actions, leading to his nickname The Onion Knight. He also happens to be one of my favourite characters.
Davos works as an alternative to the ever-popular name David.
Roslin Frey is the wife of Edmure Tully, younger brother of Catelyn Stark. The pair marry during A Storm of Swords to appease Walder Frey after Robb Stark backs out of his marriage contract with the Late Lord Frey.
Similar to both Roisin and the many Ros- names. When you think about it, essentially, she’s a stripped down version of Rosalinde.
Renly Baratheon is the youngest brother of King Robert, and starts off the book series on the Small Council.
The name Wren is popular, and with the added -ly ending, this name becomes all the more interesting prospect. However, the name would most likely be favoured for females, rather than males, despite it coming from a male character.
Eddard Stark is the Lord of Winterfell, and one of the main POV characters in A Game Of Thrones. He is lured by his longtime friend King Robert from the north to King’s Landing to act as the Hand of the King.
A quirky change to the popular name Edward, with Ned remaining a potential nickname, as used by the character in the book.
Ashara Dayne is a character often spoken of, but never seen due to her committing suicide before the beginning of the book series at the end of Robert’s Rebellion for reasons unknown.
Names like Clara and Mara have won fans, and so could Ashara. It also works as a more modern take on Ashley.
There are plenty of other names I think could be worthy of a place if the list were longer, for example: Pia; Theon; Alannys; Jorah; and Lyanna. But are there any others I haven’t thought of that you think could work outside the world of Westeros/Essos ?