‘Ridiculously stupid’: Mum slammed for Game of Thrones inspired baby name

The woman thought the name was ridiculous.
The woman thought the name was ridiculous.  Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

It's not uncommon to be influenced by popular culture when looking for baby name inspiration, but how far is too far?

One woman had the tough job of telling her friend that her chosen baby name, inspired by the blockbuster TV series Game of Thrones, was going to cause issues for her child in the future, consequently upsetting her.

The woman explained in a Reddit post that her roommate is pregnant with her first child and is a big Game of Thrones fan.

"She decided to name her baby, 'Arya'," she wrote. "When she asked my opinion of this name, I said it was a good name with a good meaning (Arya means noble in Sanskrit), but a lot of people have named their kids Arya/Khaleesi/Sansa because of the popularity of GoT"

Arya Stark from Game of Thrones

Arya Stark from Game of Thrones Photo: Warner Bros. Television Distribution

"[I said] it might be a little too common," the original poster continued, though assured her roommate that 'it is not a bad thing.'

However, the next day her roommate told her they'd found a way to still name the baby 'Arya', but not have it associated with the show.

"How?" she said in the post. "She said she wanted to spell it as Aughreighyah."

Admitting she did a 'double take' when reading it, the woman had to give her friend her honest opinion.


"I told her that, frankly, Aughreighyah looks ridiculously stupid and she should just go with Arya," she wrote.

"She got kinda upset and said that she and her partner came up with this only because I told them that the name is very common," she continued.

"I said that having a common name is better than having a confusing name," she concluded the post, asking users if she did the wrong thing.

Many users were quick to point out the jokes that can be made with the name 'Arya' without the complicated spelling.

"Ask her 'Arya being stupid?'" one user joked.

"It never ends," agreed another. "Arya having a stroke, Arya parents related, etc."

"You should not give your kid a name that looks like it could be a Welsh town," declared one Redditer.

Other's commended her for providing her honest opinion - for the sake of the child.

"Can you imagine how hard it would be for that kid to learn how to spell her own name?" an incredulous user wrote.

"They are setting that kid up for a lifetime of hell," someone else added.

"Why do people feel the need to do this? Besides, the name is still the same, so they haven't really solved the too common problem, they just made the spelling look like a cat ran over a keyboard."