From Twilight and Game Of Thrones to boy band One Direction: Popular culture inspires hottest 2012 baby names Senna, Arya and Niall



18:07 GMT, 13 July 2012

A list of the most popular baby names from the first half of 2012 has revealed that One Direction as well as characters from Twilight and Game Of Thrones, have made quite an impact on new parents.

The name Niall, taking its cue from the British boy band's 18-year-old singer Niall Horan, came in at second place on the list created by

Senna and Arya, no doubt influenced by same-name characters from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and Game Of Thrones, made up the top three names that attracted the most individual page views to the site.

Inspiration: One Direction's Niall Horan (far right) has inspired one of 2012's hottest baby names. Names from Twilight and The Hunger Games continue to influence

Inspiration: One Direction's Niall Horan (far right) has inspired one of 2012's top baby names. Names from Twilight and The Hunger Games continue to influence

The character Senna is one of the vampires featured in the final two films in the Twilight film franchise while Arya Stark is one of Game Of Thrones' most popular characters.

The website, which claims to feature more than 50,000 baby names, looked at more than six million views of their individual name pages.

Its findings placed Senna in the top spot, stating that the name soared in popularity in just one year.

It has attracted 2269 page views so far this year, compared to the 146 it drew during the first half of 2011.

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Popular: Game Of Thrones character Arya Stark (left) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn's Senna (right) are in the top three baby names for 2012 so far

The name Decimus, more than likely
inspired by the ancient Roman-named characters featured in The Hunger
Games, came in at fourth place while Caia rounded out the top five.

Caia is the name of the lead character in Lunarmorte, a series of novels written by Scottish author Samantha Young.
















Renewed interest in the name Gatsby has also
been sparked through the cinematic remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The
Great Gatsby, by Baz Luhrmann.

Although the film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, is yet to be released, the name came in at sixth place on the list.

Blue Ivy, Beyonce and Jay Z's baby, remains another popular source of inspiration however the name Blue sits much higher on the list than Ivy.

Blue came in at seventh place.

Other popular, albeit rather unusual names included Zebulon which came in at number eight.

It is one of the few names that do not appear to have come from popular culture. It in fact refers to the Bible.

Downton Abbey also seems to have provided inspiration to parents-to-be.

The ninth most popular baby name was found to be Sybil, which may refer to Lady Sybil Crawley, a character from the popular TV series.

Django, the twelfth most popular baby name, may refer to the forthcoming film of the same title.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino, the film also stars Leonardo DiCaprio however Jamie Fox plays the lead role this time around.

The names Nova and Theon also generated plenty of interest.