Jennifer and Mallory discuss how fictional character names have a definite influence on baby naming trends–both positively and negatively.

We also talk about character naming conventions from a variety of authors, including Stan Lee and George RR Martin, and why the name Atticus took a plunge in 2015.

Also: character naming tips for writers, baby news of the week, and an intense baby name problem from one of our listeners!

Names in this episode: Lila, Lodge, Civilla, Madison, Khaleesi, Katniss, Arya, Renesmee, Esme, Elmo, Barney, Atticus, Alice, HODOR!, Maile, Cleveland, Moroccan.

Have feedback about the show? Email us at podcast@babynames.com.

Update: Khloe Kardashian’s baby name revealed!