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Several characters in the series are known to be named after a specific individual. Likewise, some creatures, ships and locations are also named in reference to characters, places, or events.

Characters

Names often repeat in aristocratic dynasties, several of which have been active for many centuries. After so long a time, certain names simply become traditional or popular in a certain family or region, without being named after a specific person. Alternatively, someone may have a common name but it was specifically in reference to one person. For example, "Brandon Stark" has been a common name in House Stark for millennia, starting with their legendary founder Brandon the Builder. At least seventeen individual characters named "Brandon Stark" have been mentioned as of the current novels, living at various points in history. Nonetheless, the POV narrator "Bran Stark", son of Ned Stark, was stated to be specifically named after his deceased uncle, Ned's older brother Brandon Stark.

Character Named after Notes
House Targaryen.svg Prince Aegon "the Uncrowned"[1] House Targaryen.svg King Aegon I Targaryen King Aenys I named his first son after his father.[1]
House Targaryen.svgAegon II Targaryen.svg King Aegon II Targaryen[2]  
House Targaryen.svg King Aegon III Targaryen[2]  
House Targaryen.svg King Aegon IV Targaryen[3] House Targaryen.svg King Aegon III Targaryen Prince Viserys Targaryen named his first son after his brother.[3]
House Targaryen.svg Prince Aegon Targaryen (son of Jaehaerys I)[4] House Targaryen.svg King Aegon I Targaryen
Prince Aegon "the Uncrowned"
Queen Alysanne Targaryen named her first son in honor of both her grandfather and older brother.
House Targaryen.svg Prince Aegon Targaryen (son of Baelon)[5] House Targaryen.svg King Aegon I Targaryen  
Aemon Steelsong[6] House Targaryen.svgMaester.svg Maester Aemon Gilly thinks of naming the wildling babe in honor of the maester.[6]
House Targaryen.svgMaester.svg Maester Aemon Prince Aemon "the Dragonknight" King Daeron II named his grandson in honor of his uncle.[7]
House Targaryen.svg Princess Alyssa Targaryen[5] House Velaryon.svgHouse Targaryen.svgHouse Baratheon.svg Queen Alyssa Velaryon  
House Frey.svgHouse Lannister of Darry.svg Lady Amerei Frey House Crakehall.svgHouse Frey.svg Lady Amarei Crakehall (possibly) Amerei is possibly named after her grandmother.
Arryk House Cargyll.svgKingsguard.svg Ser Arryk Cargyll (possibly) Arryk and his twin, Erryk, are likely named after the renowned twin Kingsguards Ser Arryk and Ser Erryk Cargyll.
House Stark.svg Arya Stark None.svgHouse Stark.svg Arya Flint (possibly) Lord Eddard Stark possibly named his second daughter after his maternal grandmother.
House Targaryen.svgHouse Velaryon.svg Princess Baela Targaryen[8] House Targaryen.svg Prince Baelon "the Brave" Prince Daemon Targaryen named his daughter after his father.[8]
House Targaryen.svg Prince Baelon Targaryen[8] King Viserys I named his son after his father.[8]
House Targaryen.svg Prince Baelon Targaryen[9] Lord Baelon Targaryen  
House Targaryen.svg Prince Baelor "Breakspear"[10] House Targaryen.svg King Baelor I Targaryen  
Barra House Baratheon.svg House Baratheon Her mother named Barra after the family of Robert I Baratheon, the child's father.[11]
Bella[12] Battle of the Bells  
House Stark.svg Bran Stark[13] House Stark.svg Brandon Stark Bran is named after his late uncle.[13]
House Blackwood.svg Brynden Blackwood[14] Brynden Rivers.svg Ser Brynden Rivers (possibly) Bloodraven notes that many Bryndens have been named after him.[14]
House Tully.svgBrynden Tully.svg Ser Brynden Tully[14]
House Frey.svg Cersei Frey[15] House Lannister.svgHouse Baratheon.svg Queen Cersei Lannister (possibly)  
House Velaryon.svg Lord Corlys Velaryon[16] House Velaryon.svgKingsguard.svg Ser Corlys Velaryon Corlys was named after his great-granduncle.
House Tarbeck.svg Cyrelle Tarbeck[17] House Lannister.svg Lady Cerelle Lannister Lady Ellyn Tarbeck named her second daughter after Cerelle Lannister, an attack against the widowed Lord Gerold Lannister, the late Cerelle's uncle, who had been held suspect for Cerelle's death.[18]
House Blackfyre 2.svg Daemon I Blackfyre[19] House Targaryen.svg Prince Daemon Targaryen Princess Daena Targaryen named her bastard after her grandfather.
House Blackfyre 2.svg Daemon II Blackfyre[20] House Blackfyre 2.svg Daemon I Blackfyre  
House Targaryen.svg Queen Daenerys Targaryen[21] House Targaryen.svgHouse Martell.svg Princess Daenerys Targaryen (daughter of Aegon IV)  
House Targaryen.svgDaeron Targaryen.svg Prince Daeron "the Drunken"[22] House Targaryen.svg King Daeron II Targaryen King Maekar I named his first son after his father.[22]
House Greyjoy.svg Dagon "the Drunkard"[23] House Greyjoy.svg Lord Dagon Greyjoy  
House Baratheon.svg Numerous Durran Durrandon[24] House Baratheon.svg Durran Godsgrief The Storm Kings of House Durrandon traditionally named their firstborn son and heir after the founder of their house.
House Karstark.svg Eddard Karstark[25] House Stark.svg Lord Eddard Stark  
House Dayne.svg Lord Edric Dayne House Stark.svg Lord Eddard Stark (possibly) "Ned" nickname may be from "Ned" Stark, who returned House Dayne ancestral sword Dawn after combat at the tower of joy[26]
Erryk House Cargyll.svgKingsguard.svg Ser Erryk Cargyll (possibly) Erryk and his twin, Arryk, are likely named after the renowned twin Kingsguards Ser Erryk and Ser Arryk Cargyll.
House Targaryen.svg Prince Gaemon Targaryen[5] Lord Gaemon Targaryen  
Garin[27] Prince Garin the Great  
Grazdan (fat one)[28] Grazdan the Great (possibly)  
Grazdan mo Ullhor[28]  
Grazdan (spiked beard)[28]  
Grazdan (tall one)[28]  
House Frey.svg Hostella Frey House Frey.svg Ser Hosteen Frey (possibly) Hostella is possibly named after her grandfather.
House Frey.svg Jaime Frey[15] House Lannister.svgKingsguard.svg Ser Jaime Lannister (possibly)  
House Velaryon.svg Prince Joffrey Velaryon[8] House Lonmouth.svg Ser Joffrey Lonmouth Ser Laenor Velaryon named his third son after his companion.[8]
Jon Snow House Arryn.svg Lord Jon Arryn Lord Eddard Stark named his bastard after his foster father.[29]
House Velaryon.svg Laena Velaryon[30] House Velaryon.svg Lady Laena Velaryon Laena was named after her maternal grandmother.
House Mormont.svg Lyanna Mormont[31] House Stark.svg Lyanna Stark  
House Towers of Harrenhal.svg Lord Maegor Towers[9] House Targaryen.svg King Maegor I Targaryen King Maegor granted Harrenhal to Towers' grandfather the year of his birth.[1]
House Frey.svg Perra Frey House Royce.svgHouse Frey.svg Lady Perra Royce (possibly) Perra is possibly named after her great-great-grandmother.
House Frey.svg Rhaegar Frey[15] House Targaryen.svg Prince Rhaegar Targaryen (possibly)  
Rhaego[32] House Targaryen.svg Prince Rhaegar Targaryen  
House Targaryen.svgHouse Farman.svg Queen Rhaena Targaryen[1] House Targaryen.svg Queen Rhaenys Targaryen King Aenys I named his first daughter after his mother.[1]
House Targaryen.svgHouse Corbray.svgHouse Hightower.svg Princess Rhaena Targaryen[8] House Targaryen.svgHouse Velaryon.svg Princess Rhaenys Targaryen Prince Daemon Targaryen named his daughter after her maternal grandmother.[8]
House Karstark.svg Lord Rickard Karstark[33] House Stark.svg Lord Rickard Stark  
House Stark.svg Rickon Stark House Stark.svg Lord Rickard Stark (possibly) Lord Eddard Stark possibly named his youngest son after his late father.
House Stark.svg Rickon Stark[34] House Stark.svg Lord Rickon Stark Lord Cregan Stark named his first son after his late father.
House Stark.svg King Robb Stark House Baratheon.svg King Robert I Baratheon (possibly) Robb may have been named after his father's best friend.
House Arryn.svg Lord Robert Arryn[35] House Baratheon.svg King Robert I Baratheon Lord Jon Arryn named his son after his former ward.
House Frey.svg Robert Frey (son of Rhaegar)[15] House Baratheon.svg King Robert I Baratheon (possibly)  
House Frey.svg Robert Frey (son of Raymund)[15]  
House Greyjoy.svg Rodrik Greyjoy House Harlaw.svg Lord Rodrik Harlaw (possibly) Lord Balon Greyjoy possibly named his firstborn son after his brother-in-law.
House Tarbeck.svg Rohanne Tarbeck[17] House Webber.svgHouse Staunton.svgHouse Uffering.svgHouse Osgrey.svgHouse Lannister.svg Lady Rohanne Webber Lady Ellyn Tarbeck named her first daughter after Rohanne Webber, as an attack against the widowed Lord Gerold Lannister.[17]
House Ryswell.svg Roose Ryswell[36] House Bolton.svg Lord Roose Bolton  
House Baratheon.svg Lord Royce Baratheon[37] House Caron.svg Lord Royce Caron Lady Elenda Baratheon named her son after her father.[37]
House Bolton.svg King Royce IV Bolton[38] House Bolton.svg King Royce II Bolton  
House Frey.svg Ryella Frey House Royce.svgHouse Frey.svg Ryella Royce (possibly) Ryella is possibly named after her mother.
House Seaworth.svg Stannis Seaworth House Baratheon.svgHouse Baratheon of Dragonstone.svg King Stannis Baratheon (possibly) Davos Seaworth possibly named his son after his liege lord.
House Seaworth.svg Steffon Seaworth House Baratheon.svg Lord Steffon Baratheon (possibly) Davos Seaworth possibly named his son after his liege lord's father.
House Frey.svg Tion Frey House Lannister.svg Ser Tion Lannister (possibly) Tion is possibly named after his great-uncle.
House Tarbeck.svg Tion Tarbeck[17] House Lannister.svg Ser Tion Lannister Lady Ellyn Tarbeck named Tion after her first husband, as an attack against Lord Gerold Lannister.[17]
Tyrion Tanner[39] House Lannister.svg Tyrion Lannister Tyrion was named by Bronn in honor of his former employer.[39]
House Frey.svg Tywin Frey[15] House Lannister.svg Lord Tywin Lannister (possibly) Tywin is possibly named after his uncle.
House Frey.svg Tywin Frey (son of Raymund)[15]  
House Targaryen.svg King Viserys II Targaryen[8] House Targaryen.svg King Viserys I Targaryen  
House Frey.svg Many named Walder or Walda Frey House Frey.svg Lord Walder Frey Many Freys name their sons Walder and daughters Walda, hoping that the lord will favor them.[40]

Creatures

Creature Named after Notes
Balerion[41] The Valyrian god Balerion  
"Bastard's girls"[36] Various women Ramsay's dogs are all named after peasant girls he hunted, raped, and killed.
Drogon[41] Khal Drogo  
Maester[10] Maester Aemon (possibly) The mule was possibly named after Egg's brother.
Meraxes[41] The Valyrian god Meraxes  
Nymeria[42] Princess Nymeria Arya Stark names her direwolf after one of her heroes.
Rhaegal[41] Prince Rhaegar Targaryen  
Stranger[43][44] The Stranger Sandor Clegane named his horse after the death aspect of the Seven-Faced God.
Syrax[8] The Valyrian god Syrax  
Vhagar[41] The Valyrian god Vhagar  
Viserion[41] Prince Viserys Targaryen  

Ships

Ship Named after Notes
Balerion[45] Balerion  
Black Betha[46] Queen Betha Blackwood (possibly)  
Bold Marilda[3] Marilda of Hull  
Brave Joffrey[47] King Joffrey I Baratheon  
Dragonsbane[48] King Aegon III Targaryen (possibly)  
Dagon's Feast[49] Lord Dagon Greyjoy (possibly)  
Esgred[50] Esgred  
Hardhand[51] King Harwyn Hoare (possibly)  
King Joffrey's Valor[52] King Joffrey I Baratheon  
King Robert's Hammer[53] King Robert I Baratheon  
Lady Baela[30] Lady Baela Targaryen  
Lady Joanna[47] Lady Joanna Lannister  
Lady Lyanna[48] Lyanna Stark  
Lady Marya[46] Marya Seaworth (possibly)  
Lady Olenna[47] Lady Olenna Tyrell  
Laughing Lord[48] Lord Lyonel Baratheon (possibly)  
Lioness[47] Lady Cersei Lannister (possibly)  
Lord Aethan's Glory[54] Lord Aethan Velaryon (possibly)  
Lord Dagon[51] Lord Dagon Greyjoy (possibly)  
Lord Quellon[51] Lord Quellon Greyjoy (possibly)  
Lord Renly[47] Lord Renly Baratheon  
Lord Steffon[46] Lord Steffon Baratheon  
Lord Tywin[47] Lord Tywin Lannister  
Lord Vickon[51] Lord Vickon Greyjoy (possibly)  
Mad Prendos[55] Prendos  
Meraxes[45] Meraxes  
Mouse[56] Marilda of Hull  
Prince Aemon[48] Prince Aemon Targaryen (possibly)  
Princess Daena[21] Princess Daena Targaryen  
Princess Myrcella[47] Princess Myrcella Baratheon  
Princess Rhaenys[48] Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Rhaegar) (possibly)
Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (daughter of Aemon) (possibly)
 
Queen Alysanne[48] Queen Alysanne Targaryen (possibly)  
Queen Cersei[57] Queen Cersei Lannister  
Queen Margaery[47] Queen Margaery Tyrell  
Queen Rhaenys[58] Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (possibly)
Queen Rhaenys Targaryen (possibly)
Aemon's daughter, Princess Rhaenys, was known as the Queen Who Never Was.
Saathos Saan[29] Saathos Saan  
Sea Bitch[50] Asha Greyjoy Theon Greyjoy names his ship after a phrase said by "Esgred", actually his sister Asha.[50]
Spicetown Girl[54] Spicetown  
Sweet Cersei[47] Queen Cersei Lannister  
Vhagar[45] Vhagar  

Locations

Location Named after Notes
Aegon, Rhaenys, and Visenya (islands)[5] King Aegon I Targaryen
Queen Rhaenys Targaryen
Queen Visenya Targaryen
Elissa Farman discovered and named the islands in honor of the three conquerors.
Aegon's High Hill[59] Aegon I Targaryen  
Aegonfort[59] Aegon I Targaryen  
Alyssa's Tears[60] Alyssa Arryn  
Casterly Rock[61] House Casterly  
Durran's Point[62] King Durran Godsgrief  
Fishfoot Yard[21] Unknown Lord Manderly The square is named for some dead lord, but no one ever calls it anything but Fishfoot Yard.[21]
Gorne's Way[63] King Gorne  
Harrenhal[64] King Harren Hoare  
Hill of Rhaenys[65] Queen Rhaenys Targaryen  
Inn of the Kneeling Man[66] King Torrhen Stark  
King's Landing[59] Aegon's Landing  
The kingsroad[5] King Jaehaerys I Targaryen The smallfolk named the road for the king who had it constructed.
Lann's Point[61] Lann the Clever (possibly)  
Mouse House[3] Marilda of Hull  
Pennytree[67]   The village is named after a great oak tree at its center, to which hundreds of copper pennies have been nailed.
Queenscrown[68] Queen Alysanne Targaryen The holdfast was named in honor of the queen who visited there.
Queensgate[9] Queen Alysanne Targaryen Snowgate was renamed in honor of the queen who donated her jewels to pay for the construction of Deep Lake.
The Teats[67] Barba Bracken
Melissa Blackwood
Some refer to the Teats as "Barba's Teats" in honor of Barba Bracken and others to "Missy's Teats" in honor of Melissa Blackwood.
Visenya's Hill[69] Queen Visenya Targaryen  
Widow's Tower at Harrenhal[9] Queen Rhaena Targaryen The tower was renamed after the widowed sister of King Jaehaerys I Targaryen, Queen Rhaena, who made her residence there.[9]
Widow's Tower at Ten Towers[70] Gwynesse Harlaw  

Behind the Scenes

George R.R. Martin has explained in interviews that he made it a point to include characters with the same name in the A Song of Ice & Fire series, as part of his overall reaction to the limits imposed on his storytelling when he was working in the television industry. Networks were concerned that audiences would get confused by characters with the same name, but Martin felt this was unrealistic - not only because there would probably be more than one character named "Robert" in an entire country, but because names tend to repeat in real-life royal dynasties. In Martin's own words:

Martin: I wrote these books, never dreaming they would be filmed or made. It was almost a reaction to my tenure in Hollywood. 'I'm just going to do this as big as I want.' But I broke a lot of rules in writing these books, that you're taught as a writer, that I certainly was taught. But at certain point I thought, 'To hell with those rules'.

Interviewer: What rules?

Martin: Well, having so many characters, for one. Having similar names. Stuff like that. I remember as a little baby writer I was taught never have two characters whose names begin with the same letter because people will get them confused. And I realized I was going to have more than 26 characters, so that would have to go out the window. - And also I was reading a lot of history. [People said], 'Never have two characters with the same letter? Certainly never have two characters with the same name.' But then I'm saying, 'That's so unrealistic'. I mean, English history is entirely composed of Henrys and Edwards. There's endless Henrys and Edwards, and you know, not only kings, who at least get numbers, but the guys who never become king. They're princes, and then they die. They're not even distinguished by numbers and it's very hard to keep all these guys straight. But that's the way history actually was. Families using the same name over again. And I like that element of verisimilitude, [so] I adopted that.[71]

See also

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  7. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 60, Jon VIII.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
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  12. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 29, Arya V.
  13. 13.0 13.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 69, Bran VII.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 34, Bran III.
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  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 10, Davos I.
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 47.4 47.5 47.6 47.7 47.8 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 28, Cersei VI.
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 48.3 48.4 48.5 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 58, Davos III.
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  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 24, Theon II.
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  53. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 41, Tyrion IX.
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