Remember how I said that GoT was real people wanting to inhabit an idealized Anglo Saxon world[…]? Well, look at this:
British Families Are Naming Their Babies After Game of Thrones Characters.
But wait, I thought Westeros was completely fictional with no relation to the real world. That’s what everybody says. So why would British families name their kids after the show? Why not [Latin@] families, or Italian ones? Why do British families feel a special relationship to it? Because we all know without having to be told that the show is specifically British historical fantasy. England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, with just enough viking to keep it spicy.
They are naming them after the noble anglo stand-ins, Lannisters and Starks. We all need our origin story, even if we have to invent it and then punch it up with dragons and whores and bastards and all the rest. It beats having to admit you were conquered by France.
But I point out, with some irony, that those baby names still aren’t as popular in the UK as Mohammed, an actual conqueror, whose descendants are well on their way to a demographic conquest of not only the UK but also Europe. Just bury your head in codpieces and ale and wenches, I’m sure that will carry the day. This is probably why the show is so popular. In the UK, they see their national identity as being lost (not changing, but lost) to the muslim hordes. In the US, the dominant white majority feels threatened by the invasion of [Latin@s] (despite the fact that in most of the south and west, the [aboriginal peoples] were there first before there was a US, before Mexico, and certainly before there were states. We want to feel special, so we give ourselves a historical fantasy in which they play no part. Nah nah.