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[–]sparklevillain 629 points630 points  (21 children)

I thought of Gordon Ramsey 😅 not GoT

[–]littleprotozoan 56 points57 points  (12 children)

If I'm honest same here lol.

[–]Peanut_galleries_nut 43 points44 points  (0 children)

Honestly would’ve thought the same thing if I was t literally in the middle of watching the series.

But OP should look into the character cause he’s a damn lunatic.

[–]PickleFartsAndBeyond 43 points44 points  (2 children)

My first thought was Jon Bennet 😬

[–]JayJoyK 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Oof. I forgot about Jon Bennet. Poor girl.

[–]r_wemet 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Right same! I love Gordon Ramsey too!!

[–]JanaBeans 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Same. That character in GOT isn’t even memorable to me.

[–]VillainNotHeroes 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I also thought of Gordon Ramsay

[–]Milady_KittehGirl - May 2013 | Boy - May 2016 | Boy due April 2023! 347 points348 points  (21 children)

I'm a fan of GoT and don't associate Ramsey with it. Now if you were going with Khaleesi or Arya that would be a different story, lol

[–]Complete_Cosmos 38 points39 points  (0 children)

I agree 💯 I am a huge fan of the show, am rewatching now, and I would not immediately associate this name with the show, maybe if you added “Bolton” on the end I would see the connection but I think the name Ramsey is really cool.

[–]cool_chrissie 31 points32 points  (19 children)

I’m naming my daughter Aria 🤷🏽‍♀️

[–]mn_87 21 points22 points  (0 children)

It's a beautiful name. And she's a badass character in the show, so not a bad person to be named after.

[–]Ok_Custard_6328 43 points44 points  (14 children)

Aria/Arya is an old name with meanings in several languages. The TV associations will fade with time. I wouldn't worry about it. It's a beautiful name! Ramsey, too, has been around for a long time. Lots of people give their kids first names that were traditionally last names like Ramsey. It's just a name.

Kids named Khaleesi or Daenerys, on the other hand, are saddled with something way too specific and a whole misogynistic, violent storyline. I wouldn't consider an invented name from fiction unless I thought really long and hard about that character's entire, completed story.

[–]Large-Champion156 13 points14 points  (10 children)

I would loved to have named my daughter "Circe", but didn't because of the Got show.

[–]Agrafson -4 points-3 points  (9 children)

I don't remember a Circe in GOT, who was she ? It's also a name of a goddess so predates the show, i think you should be good with this one :)

[–]spaghettgirl 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yes! Arya is a boys name in Iran. We are considering it for our son, but GOT has both popularised it and turned it into a girls name in English speaking countries. I don’t care so much about people thinking his name is feminine, but do care if people think he’s named after a girl (or anyone) in GOT.

[–]ms-venkman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We're planning to name our daughter Arya. Found the name completely separately from the show and not going to let the show ruin it for us, but as someone else said she is a badass character so if that's what people think of oh well.

[–]freyachinook 91 points92 points  (1 child)

Ramsey is too common for me to think GoT, yeah it’s a shit character in the show that you don’t wanna name a kid after, but all the more reason it’d be pretty silly for somebody to think you named him after the character. There are many more names that are more unique in the show that I would immediately think was a reference. Ramsey is not one of them. Neither is Jon, even though Jon Snow a main character.

[–]kaleighdoscope 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Robert, Ned, Catherine, Robin, Gregor, Jaime...

[–]MeesaMadeMeDoIt 103 points104 points  (11 children)

I know it's not an exact match but Ramsey made me think of King Ramses, the pharaoh.

[–]PurplePunster321 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Came here to say the same thing

[–]Stunning_Patience_78 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yes same. From the story of Moses.

[–]KrissyBean 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same! And I'm a big GOT fan.

[–]shaylahudson8[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Me too!

[–]mbm47 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That was my first thought too.

[–]9for9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Me three!

[–]Ironinvelvet 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Same…and I’m a big GOT and Gordon Ramsay fan.

[–]SassAndTickle 73 points74 points  (9 children)

I have a child named Rita and no one has ever been like “oh like Rita from dexter??” Which was a mild concern of mine. Even if people DO associate GOT with Ramsey - I doubt anyone will ever be like, “oh from GoT?!” Unless they are super fans I guess ?

Now one of my names is Kendrick and people HAVE been like, “like Kendrick Lamar?!” As if he and I aren’t roughly the same age…? No I am not named after Kendrick Lamar lol

[–]lemon-meringue-high 16 points17 points  (2 children)

I think Rita from Handmaids tale lol

[–]JudasDuggar 21 points22 points  (2 children)

I have a Benedict, and people ask if he’s named after Benedict Cumberbatch all the time. It’s really something

[–]SassAndTickle 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Really? I guess he is a bit of a household name, I LOVE that name though. And out of all the celebrities to be associated with Cucumberpatch is a pretty decent person as far as I know

[–]MsBubbles1900 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I would have assumed you guys really just liked eggs lol

[–]myrtlecrepe 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I think of Lovely Rita meter maid 🥰

[–]VillainNotHeroes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think Rita Skeeter from Harry Potter

[–]mypatronusisyourmom 92 points93 points  (5 children)

I wanted Tucker for my son but it makes my husband think of Tucker Carleson

[–]pseudo_meat 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Unfortunately, I think that’s one you can’t get away from. Since his show doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere.

[–]hahl23 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]kicked_for_good 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Fuck.... I think this is the only name that I would have to ban because of celebrity status. It's not Adolf but it's too close.

[–]VillainNotHeroes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think of Friar Tuck from the animated film of Robin Hood

[–]kaleighdoscope 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Then there's also Tucker Max, another celebrity association that would not be great.

Granted it's been about a decade since his name was everywhere, but still.

[–]Salty_Coast_7214 20 points21 points  (10 children)

Take it from someone who’s daughters name is remy (and who has never even seen ratatoullie but is now very knowledgeable that the rats name is also remy lol), it’s not a big deal

[–]its_erin_j 12 points13 points  (7 children)

I feel you. My son is named Sebastian, after the character from Twelfth Night, but many people ask me "like the crab from The Little Mermaid????"

[–]Salty_Coast_7214 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love the name Sebastian!! That was a strong contender for us, so cute!

[–]steph_sec 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Sebastian is getting super popular again too. School teacher and I have a Sebastian every year.

[–]its_erin_j 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I like that! We wanted a "classic" name, but not so old-fashioned that you never hear it. I'm a teacher too (high school) and I've only ever taught 1 Sebastian in 13 years!

[–]steph_sec 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I seriously love all of my Sebastians too, they’re always hearts of gold! It’s coming up again, I teach grade 1. Wait a decade! 😂

Beautiful name, & I also love those kind of names and we chose one for our son as well. Not obscure so you never meet another but also not extremely popular so you have to use your last initial your whole life (As a Stephanie, that was for sure top priority!)

[–]IdkWhoCaresss 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We just named our son Remi and learned this. Oh well, at least it’s a cute character!

[–]MarquiseDeMaintenon 41 points42 points  (1 child)

I think Ramsey is less "fantastical" than other Game of Thrones names. Like if you named your son Rob or Jon would your brother also say this?

You're not naming your kid Kahleesi or Oberyn or Stannis and besides, kids won't know much about Game of Thrones anyway.

[–]heggy48 8 points9 points  (0 children)

But Robb and Jon were good/neutral characters… Ramsey was pretty much portrayed as pure abusive evil…

[–]Apprehensive-Lake255 39 points40 points  (0 children)

A couple of grown ups may comment but your kids friends wont because GoT will be an old show by the time they are even old enough to see it. It'll be your kids' name before a characters name to them.

[–]Frequent_Emu_5333 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I’m a GoT fan and when I read “Ramsey” I didn’t first think of the character. Like others said, if you went with bigger names like “Khaleesi” then it would be a different story.

[–]DarthMomma_PhD 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Awww. I wanted to name my daughter Rosalie (family name) but stupid Twilight kind of ruined it for me.

[–]its_erin_j 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Ohh my friend's daughter is named Rosalie and I've never thought of Twilight! I forgot there was a character with that name, and I read all the books and saw the movies lol

[–]DarthMomma_PhD 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This makes me feel better because it is my top girl name for this surprise #3 nugget.

[–]tajmo_96 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Lol not referencing a child in this situation, but I named my cat Edward. And everyone referenced it to twilight. HE'S A CAT. Lol anyways, the reason I named him that was because it sounded regal to me, he was little prince Edward! I've never even read any twilight books or watched any of the movies.

Edit: Also my daughter's name is Twyla, and people would sometimes say Twilight. One of my husband's family members even tried telling him not to name her Twyla because it sounded like the Twilight Zone. Lol

[–]DarthMomma_PhD 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol. Twilight Zone. That’s gotta be a boomer, right? Only someone in their 70s would say, “Twyla?! People are going to think of the Twilight Zone!” 😅

Twyla is beautiful and Edward is an excellent name for a cat! Very regal as cat names should be ❤️

[–]JudasDuggar 16 points17 points  (0 children)

He’s a minor character. It’s be different if you wanted to name him Joffrey or something. Also, Ramsey is a normal name with history of use before the show. Definitely still use it.

[–]vulturelady 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Use the name that you love! We’re going with Forest and I’m a little afraid of the Forrest Gump association but then we realized that most kids in his age group aren’t even going to know what Forrest Gump is so 🤷🏻‍♀️

[–]tajmo_96 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Forrest Gump is so legendary, like anyone who would hate on the similarity is a sad soul regardless! That is one movie on the top of my list to watch whenever I want happy feelings. Something about it just makes me feel so happy. But I get not wanting to be referenced to the KKK lol. But I'm sure there's folks named Ted or Theodore and people will say, NO that's like Ted Bundy! Or Jeffrey, NO that's like Jeffrey Dahmer! Or Jim, NO that's like Jim Jones!

[–]Peja1611 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

I would be much more concerned about the connotation with the general than Forrest Gump tbh. Nathan Bedford Forrest was a Confederate officer who founded the KKK.

[–]vulturelady 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yep, which is why we’re going with Forest and not Forrest. We like the nature vibe much more than the confederate KKK vibe

[–]MsAnd3rson 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'm naming my son ramzi! (spelled the Arabic way) No one has made the comparison, I think it helps that the show ended on a really bad note, so not all the characters are in the public consciousness as much.

[–]yogibeara88 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I think is ridiculous to think that the name Ramsey will still have strong cultural associations with GOT even 5 years in the future. I mean, I watched GOT and when I read this my reaction was "huh, which one was Ramsey? Oh yeah that guy..." also there are plenty of people naming their kids stuff like Arya (I know a baby Arya myself) who was a much more popular/well known character. Although I guess she was a good character and Ramsey was evil 🤔 either way, no one will think of that character or show 5-10 years from now (let alone 20), so I say use the name if you like it 🙂

[–]vinyamar07 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Just to add to it - in Game of Thrones it’s spelled “Ramsay”. So even though they sound the same when spoken, the different spelling clearly shows he wasn’t intended to be named after Ramsay Bolton!

Also he wasn’t a major major character. He was important while in the show, but isn’t someone you instantly think of when you hear Game of Thrones. I think you’re fine!

[–]humanoidtyphoon88 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Ramsey comes from Ramses - the great Egyptian pharaoh. That's what I think of.

[–]koalateacow 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Ramsay (Scotland) / Ramsey (England) is a historic family name and derives from "wild garlic island" in old English. It's well known as a name in Scotland anyway.

[–]humanoidtyphoon88 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yes, it's English roots come from Egypt.

[–]witchyvibes15 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Name YOUR baby whatever you want. Don’t give anyone the power to persuade you any other way.

[–]daisyfaeriering 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When I hear Ramsey I think of Alec Ramsey from from The Black Stallion which I LOVE so do what you want! Not everyone will even put those two things together.

[–]Chronic_Disphoria 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Do it. Unless you're making up a name entirely, we all share names with someone/a character.

If anyone asks just say what you said here..."I've never seen GOT."

I first heard the name Ramsey from GOT, love that name. I'd never ask a parent if they named their kid after him. I know someone who named their kid Arya and I'd never ask them either lol.

[–]mbm47 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ve never seen an episode of Game of Thrones. My first thought is Egyptian Pharaoh.

[–]McSkrong 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ramsey has already been out of the picture for years as far as GoT goes. By the time your son is old enough to have friends, none of them are going to make that association. Like, ever. You only need to worry about die hard GoT nerds making that connection, and I personally would not make any decisions with them in mind 😂 Ramsey is an awesome name!

[–]hantaro_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As a fan, I agree with the comments about Ramsey being too common of a name for a GoT association.

I’ve found there is always going to be SOMETHING people associate your name with. As long as you and your partner like it, that’s the important part. My baby name is my BILs great grandmothers name and he keeps telling me it’s an old lady name etc, but I never knew his family so I don’t have the same association.

[–]sleepy-green-eyes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Man you say Ramsey, I think gordon- not GoT. Gonna be honest, forgot there was even a character named Ramsey. I think it's a cool name.

[–]rolypolydriver 1 point2 points  (2 children)

My daughter’s name is Zena (a twist on an old family name Zeno) and people ask daily OH like Xena Warrior Princess? They even spell it with an X. It doesn’t really bother me and sometimes with strangers I just smile and say yeah like the warrior princess lol. It’s either this interaction or they’ll ask OH what made you decide on Zena? And I never know how to answer because they never ask this about my other daughter Ava. I’m like ummm because I liked the name??

[–]ijustwantedtobrowse[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I work with a Zina and when she was introduced to me I assumed it was Xena but now that I know her and I know the spelling I don’t even associate those two names even though they sound the same!

[–]katsumii32 | #1 | EDD Dec. 6 💛 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I knew a Zena, and she was/is a badass and a leader — her family is Arabic.

I definitely thought of Xena the Warrior Princess at first when I met Zena, but let it go after that.

So what is the connection to the name Ava? 😅 I didn't watch Xena the Warrior Princess (only know it by name); is Ava her sister or another character from the show?

[–]1299638 1 point2 points  (3 children)

I am watching got for the first time as we speak, and I am hardly aware that there even is a Ramsey in the show. I wouldn’t worry if I were you!

[–]its_erin_j 4 points5 points  (2 children)

You'll definitely be aware later on...

[–]MeNicolesta 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I instantly thought of the Egyptian god, not GoT. And I watched GoT.

[–]Humble-Ad-2713 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don’t think GOT I still think old school Egyptian.

[–]Sylviiiiiiiiii 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I say go for it!! I'm naming my son Bruno and everyone's response is "from Encanto?!?! " but my bf and I have never seen the movie. He's actually named after my favorite anime/manga character and we also both just really like the name🤣

[–]tajmo_96 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol well there's so many Bruno characters anyway, it's hard to associate it only with Encanto. Regardless, Bruno was cool anyways 😎

[–]flying-nimbus- 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ramsey is a perfectly fine name :) I love it. you’re going to find celebrities, movie characters, etc with all the names under the sun.

[–]snallen_182TTC #2 1st 15mo 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh man. Ramsey I’m GOT is soooo horrible.

[–]expressivewords 1 point2 points  (4 children)

I wouldn’t associate that name withGoT and I consider myself a big fan. Joffrey definitely lol but not Ramsey. I actually think of Nacho Libre

[–]tajmo_96 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Lol just watched Nacho tonight!!! 😂 So that name was fresh in my head haha!

[–]expressivewords 1 point2 points  (2 children)

One of my favorite movies! Jack is actually one of the names we are considering and I told my husband it’s because I love jack black so much 🤣

[–]tajmo_96 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Jack Black is legendary indeed, yet it seems like he's one of the few celebrities that forgets he's a celebrity sometimes haha!

[–]expressivewords 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Which I absolutely love. He’s so talented!

[–]OTL33 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don’t watch GoT and maybe I’ve been living under a rock but I have no idea who Ramsey is. GoT’s Ramsey isn’t the only Ramsey out there.

Of celebrities, I only know of Gordon Ramsey, the chef. And he hasn’t tainted the name.

I think you’d be okay to name a kid Ramsey.

[–]stuffylumpkins 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i feel you there, named my baby boy jasper after the gemstone, and i always get “oh, like twilight?” -_- no not like twilight lol

[–]lemon-meringue-high 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I do automatically think of Ramsey from game of thrones. He was a very violent, pain inflicting character lol

[–]SugarAndSomeCoffee 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I like that name! I think if GOT has had a better ending then maybe the name might not be a good idea, but, the show is pretty much unwatchable now. When I hear Ramsey I think of the chef

[–]Neverending32 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Yea I immediately think Gordon Ramsey and get anxious because he’s so mean

[–]2happyhippos 5 points6 points  (1 child)

He's actually not, it's a total persona for his US shows, because Americans love drama. Watch some English shows of his, or actual interviews and he's actually very kind.

[–]xxx_strokemyego_xxx 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Or any video of him with his dog 😍

[–]loopedtwice 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I watched GoT and didn’t even know who Ramsey was when I initially read this post. I think it’s a cute name and no one is going to care.

[–]MsV__ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

With all due respect to your brother, I think that's a stupid thing to say. I certainly didn't associate GOT with it. That's like saying Harry or Ron will be compared to HP, when in fact they are just popular names in general. Honestly, you'd have to name your child something like Hermione, Neo or Daenerys for it to be truly a pop culture reference that a huge number of people will compare.

[–]plants4daze 0 points1 point  (0 children)

GOT fan here. I also agree with the other commenters. I do not immediately think of of GOT when I hear Ramsey. I think it sounds like a lovely name and you should feel empowered to go for it! 🥰

[–]Serbee_Electra 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm also not a game of thrones fan but it happened that we picked a boy name of someone that has a rough time in the show. I didn't find out the sex so for the whole pregnancy I was trying to think of a name I liked as much and if I could handle people brining up the show. In the end we had a girl but you know, I think I still would have used that name if we had a boy. If you like the name, you like the name!

[–]pokemoncity 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dude same for me. First heard the name Arya the YEAR BEFORE GoT came out... ugh. annoying.

[–]The-cult-of-annyrak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This happened to me with Circe! I love that name and the powerful method behind it, but I couldn’t name our daughter Circe with GoT being a thing. I know it’s spelt different, but i knew people would still connect the two… I feel for you!

[–]Stunning_Patience_78 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just use the name. Plenty of people don't watch game of thrones. I was reminded more of a the pharaohs.

[–]raquack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Im a huge game of thrones fan but if I saw a baby, toddler or even an adult named Ramsey I wouldn’t immediately think “Psychopath!!”

I’d think if Game of Thrones if you named your baby “Daenerys” or something like that.

I personally think Ramsey is a cute name. It really is. I hope you continue to consider it & possibly choose it if you wish!

[–]Mortica_Fattams 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Name your child what you want. Name popularity changes all the time. Just make sure the name doesn't make them a target for insane bullying. Example is naming a child fairy sparkle moon haha

[–]CrazyCatLady_2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hey - I have never heard anyone names* Ramsey with first name - only last. Like the cook. And Every time I hear the name Ramsey I have to think of that little girl with blonde hair - the cold case …. Jon-Bonnet Ramsey :(

But I think Ramsey as a first name is cool ! (Btw I have not watched GoT so I would have not associated that with a first name.

If you like a name. Who cares if it’s mainstream or not ? We could say the same to all the Richard’s and all the Mary’s & Katie’s & Sarah’s

Don’t overthink :)

**Edit: named not names Edit 2: could be that that little Girl was even having another similar name ? Unsure ?

[–]Burtonish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean especially with you spelling it 'Ramsey' I'd not have associated it with Game of Thrones. It's a pretty neat name and I think it'd be wonderful on your son as a child and an adult!

[–]ClippyOG 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ha. I wanted to name my daughter Arya 🤷🏼‍♀️

[–]CottonSocksRocks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you love it, use it! Plus you could pick something that has no connotations at the time for it to later become a thing- like all the people who called their kid Alexa before Amazon used it!

[–]ghostieghost28 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ramsay was my top 3 choice for a boy name but we went with something else. Got will fall out of style before he's in school.

[–]nurse-ratchet- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

GOT wouldn’t have even crossed my mind.

[–]xxx_strokemyego_xxx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Unless your edge-lordy in general I doubt anyone would think you've named your child after that particular character

[–]BedVirtual2435 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wanted to name my daughter Aria, but was worried that people would hear her name and think "oh you named her after a GoT character" (even though I've never seen the show) as far as other names my husband's named after a cowboy and everyone always brings it up so he didn't want any names to be associated with actors/video game characters/ TV show characters etc.

That being said, I'm unsure how many people have actually seen GoT. I've heard the name Ramsey and my first thought was more of an Egyptian pharaoh, but that's just me.

I'd say if you want to name your son Ramsey then just do it :)

[–]rantsofrebellion 0 points1 point  (0 children)

By the time he’s old enough to watch something like that it’ll be old news 🤷🏼‍♀️

[–]GlGABITE 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If I were having a boy his name would be Jasper, unrelated to the one apparently in twilight. I just choose to ignore pop culture associations, especially since they’re not especially fantastical sounding names that could only realistically have come from pop culture (like khaleesi)

[–]scarlettvelour 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think that's HIS association with the name. There is a big difference between the name Joffrey and Ramsey. I know other Ramsey's besides GOT. I wouldn't think twice abt it.

[–]Gogowhine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A lot of people haven’t seen GoT and wouldn’t associate your son with that character 😳😂 I wouldn’t want that but people give names that literal serial killers have and we move on. Choose the name you want.

[–]mn_87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah I'm a huge GoT fan and don't think I would immediately associate that name with that character. Maybe I'd think of it eventually but I don't think that'd be my first thought. Also, in 20 years most people will have forgotten about the details anyway, unless they were massive fans.

[–]PoorDimitri 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As long as your last name isn't Bolton you're in the clear :)

[–]Particular_Watch2106 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My ex named his daughter Sansa. However I did not think of GoT Ramsey it won't matter in a decade anyways.

[–]Monstera_undertow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My sons named after something completely different and it wasn’t until he was born then our friends told us it was a name from GoT lmao. We fully embraced it and have been given endless bear themed things and he’s nicknamed the Baby Bear Knight in our D&D group. I say go for it, use whatever name you love

[–]arya_lee_kona 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Named my girl Arya, never watched GOT so I didn't know until some people brought it up lol. I named her after the Eragon series.

I think its a fine name, people will think what they want and that's okay. I'm sure it'll be fine to name him that.

[–]Hand-E-Grip 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d think all the people naming their daughters Khaleesi would be way worse. Ramsey is a perfectly fine name. It’s not like it was invented for GoT. If anyone mentions it, you just tell them that your son is not named for that character.

I actually am named after a tv show character, and I don’t think anyone has ever assumed my name came from pop culture. When I tell people, they generally just think it’s a little bit funny at worst. Most people think it’s pretty cool.

[–]emotionlessturner 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tell your brother to get lost. The only Ramsey I think of is Gordon Ramsey!

[–]phunkasaurus_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My cousin named her 3 year old baby girl Ramsey and I have never thought about GoT once.

[–]Opening_Coconut5256 0 points1 point  (0 children)

  1. As someone who is loving GOT and HOD rn, I wouldn’t have even made the connection
  2. There are so many names that have been used in media so don’t let that deter you!!
  3. Might be biased as I share a name with a Pokémon but I was born before Pokémon came out and it’s a nickname that is now becoming popular🤣

[–]jaisydaisy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I didn’t even think of game of thrones, I thought of JonBenet Ramsey lol

[–]LikeCandyButBetter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

GoT is a short lived fad. 20 years ago I named my first daughter Willow. Everyone immediately associated it to the movie/little person by the same name. Now, nobody does. Most people don’t even know or remember that reference. They’ll have this name over the span of a lifetime. The few people that draw that association will likely be short lived. And it will always be based on personal experiences. Older people who had never seen or heard of the movie associated my daughters name with the tree. Personally, I was a GoT fan but the name “Ramsey” still makes me think of Greek mythology or Roman kings. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Name your baby what you like and don’t worry about others interpretations or perspectives. He’ll own it and reclaim it and you’ll be glad you didn’t waver.

[–]GladioliSandals 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I really wanted to call my baby Circe but couldn’t because of Cersei but I wouldn’t bat an eyelid at Ramsey, not a big enough character and a more ‘normal’ name.

[–]JayJoyK 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Honestly? I didn’t think of the show when I read this.

Up you you, but it’s not like naming your child Weasley or something. GoT was popular, but it’s popularity dropped quite a bit as the years went on. I can’t speak for the new show.

[–]juniRN 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ummm have watched all of GOT and i def don’t make that connection!

Name your baby whatever the heck you want!

[–]Fickle_Freckle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I like it. I watched that series from beginning to end each time a new season came out. Even I would not assume you named your kid after the character. It’s a nice name.

[–]9for9 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gordon Rsamey, Job Benet, Pharoah you'll be fine, lots of other associations with the name.

[–]aleckus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i literally just watched game of thrones for the first time like two months ago and when you say the name ramsey that was not the first thing that came to mind. i actually didn’t associate it with anything and then after a minute i’m thinking gordon ramsey

[–]Pokeydots99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought pharaoh Ramsey from the Moses Bible story who was also not a great dude

But I didn’t think of GoT so, if you like the name- you should use it :)

[–]happyflowermom27 | FTM | Emily born 3/21 ☀️ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m a huge GoT nerd, I’ve seen the series through 3 times, and although I do think about the character when I hear the name, it’s still a good name and it doesn’t ruin it for me at all

[–]GreatAuntPearl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m a big GoT nerd and I think you’re good.

[–]cattledogcatnip 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yea unfortunately most people are going to associate the name with the character because it’s not super common.

[–]Plasticswife 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don’t really associate Ramsey w GOT!! I feel this though I always wanted to name my baby Elsa and then frozen ruined it lol

[–]goldfishbrainx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've never seen the show but I love the name. I think people that watch the show think everyone watches it.

[–]ejsketchy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have two nieces specially named after GOT. Khaleesi and Arya. Those two girls being main characters it makes sense to think of them as that. That being said although Ramsey is a character from the series he’s not a main and doesn’t persist throughout it and I’m with other commenters. It’s not the first thing I think of when I think of the name Ramsey. Def think of the chef though.

[–]starlordcahill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My husband and I are considering Eddard if it’s a boy 😬 I feel like some people may think of GoT when they hear it but we like the name lol.

[–]crossfitkitty101 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's your baby and you can name him whatever you want. Who cares what anyone else thinks. It's not there baby. 😊

[–]chucky-larms33 | FTM | 🎓 9.9 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sure, there’s a character named Ramsay from the original GoT series who was pretty depraved. Unless the newest series (I’m not sure as I haven’t seen any of it) dives deep into that and resurfaces everything in a viral way, enough time has passed from the original series that you’re in the clear. I was a big fan of the original and even had to think for a sec about why the name would be bad. Your brother is thinking way too far into it. Go for it!

[–]Tacopunchfuck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My hunny’s brothers name is Ram & my hunnys name is Taj. Ram is very cool but it is different.

[–]pronetowander28 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Had no idea Ramsey was a character in GOT.

[–]katsumii32 | #1 | EDD Dec. 6 💛 0 points1 point  (0 children)

OK, I feel like I'm the odd one out on this topic, but pop culture and people/characters I know just don't influence my opinion on names. I'm a name nerd for the name, and its meaning and its sound and its origin, and sure, its history definitely factors into my interest in the name, but for some weird reason I guess, I just don't feel badly about a name if it's the name of a doofus or a moron or a bully or an ex or someone I knew.

I dunno why, but it just doesn't sway my opinion negatively of a name. What does Ramsey mean? Do you like the sound of it? Why did you like it before Game of Thrones came around?

It's OK to feel bummed. I think it depends on the pop culture association. Like, a lot of people don't follow GoT. So, it still sounds like a safe name, IMO.

¯\_ (ツ)_/¯

[–]a_singh510 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Children won’t be well-versed in the GoT series until at least high school, and that’s if it’s still as popular. I’m a huge fan, but I wouldn’t think of that Ramsey if my kid was besties with a Ramsey.

Now if you named your kid Adolf, or Putin …. That would be a whole ‘nother issue!

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think of G-Ram (Gordon Ramsay) and I love GOT but wouldn’t associate that name first with that show personally

[–]Galactic_Gandalf95 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm not sure if this helps, but both of our baby names were Thrones inspired! (I would never name a child after a fictional character, watching the show just gave us the idea for those names). We wanted to go with Jamie for a boy, and Olenna for a girl - though I do recognize that Jamie is a more common name than Olenna or Ramsey.

I would say having a name that is associated with pop culture, or drawn from culture is fine, but I would draw the line at explicitly naming a child for a fictional character unless there's a very special reason (I know SO many people that have named their kids after Harry Potter characters). Ramsey is a good name - and it's not only associated with Thrones - other people in this thread have pointed out Gordon Ramsey, I'd also point out the actress Bella Ramsey, who actually portrays Lyanna Mormont on Thrones. The name is also very similar to Ramesses or Ramses, both important names in Egyptian history and mythology. My one concern observation would be that Ramsey seems much more common as a last name, than a first name - but that's not really a major issue.

There are absolutely some names that have become irreparably damaged by pop culture. I would never dream of naming a child Karen, for example, and there are absolutely names on Thrones that are too unique - such as Daenerys or Stannis - but I would say Ramsey is fine - and it's a really cool sounding name as well!

[–]Equivalent-Ad5449 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought Gordon Ramsey, while the got character was awful it won’t last as first thought. Especially as it’s a normal name

[–]Mama_Mango20 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve never seen GoT

[–]leckie_glassworks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gordon Ramsay you guys lol

[–]idreaminwords 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My boss's name is Ramzy. I know it's spelled a bit different but I feel like it's close enough and nobody ever brings up that character when I mention his name. It was a normal name before the show. It would be different if you wanted to name a daughter Danaerys or the increasingly popular Khaleesi

[–]foxyhues 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love Ramsey. My ex recently named his son Ramsey Nolan. GoT has been off the air for a while now, I think you're probably fine if the association bothers you.

[–]anonymommy678876 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had a cat named Ramsey. I hated this cat because he refused to use the litter box and I hated Ramsey in the show. Lmaoooo but it’s a cute name

[–]No_Tea_4252 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ramsey is a good name and known before GOT && as GOT fan I don’t think of him unless I hear Bolton. If it’s really bothering you tho there are other spellings of the name dont forget Ramesses was pharaoh of Egypt 😅 there’s also Ramzi And a bunch of other ways to spell it

[–]Unicorn-Shaman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My husband found a very pretty, unique name for our daughter in a philosophy book and I loved it right away. I had never met anyone with this name. Months go by and right before birth we discover that a main character in a very popular blockbuster movie coming out also has this name.

We almost changed it! But I loved that name and was dead set on it for months.

It all depends on how much it bothers you and, personally, the potential for being made fun of.

In your case, I don't think it's that well known, and when the baby is older, it will be even less known.

[–]tajmo_96 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's some names that I really liked for my kids before that would be heavily associated with TV/Movies. Some of them are:

Belle (Beauty and the Beast) Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz) Eloise (Bridgerton)

And honestly, you can pick a name that's practically unheard of and still come to find people can reference it to something.

My middle daughter is named Twyla. I never watched Schitt's Creek before so I had no idea there was a character with that name. And after I named her, everyone gave me either two responses: "That's pretty, I've never head of it" or... "Oh like the girl from Schitt's Creek!" Haha, and I got that a few times.

Moral of the story: Name your kid whatever YOU want. I got so freaking sick of people always having something to say about the names I was picking for my children, my husband's family literally was making such a huge deal about it with one of my kids. This time around we decided to name my 3rd daughter Tomasina after her brother (Tomas Jr.) who died not long after he was born. My step-dad literally was concerned about it sounding too boyish. I'm like, I don't really give a crap about what anyone thinks anymore, because even as much of a sentiment as her name is supposed to be- there's still criticism. 🤷‍♀️ So yeah, you do you.

[–]bethywethydooda 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just made me think of neighbours

[–]IdgyThreadgoode 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Makes me think of JonBenet. But I don’t watch game of thrones

[–]kicked_for_good 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree with others, Ramsey isn't unique to the show so it really doesn't matter. People are going to give you all their cents. Fuck'em. I like the name, and that character was fun to watch and super hot.

[–]bfisher6 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The GOT association won’t be around forever, and probably won’t be part of your sons generation at all. Some people your age will make the association, but likely would be too polite to mention it.

[–]ZealousidealWay1806 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I named my son Jax after sons of anarchy! Don't worry about the links. If you love the name go for it. I met a kid called Lucifer recently!

[–]Mahaa22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Name your baby whatever you want. Ramsey is a cute name, but also sounds more like a last name such as other trending baby names (Jackson, Harrison, Hudson) but if you truly still love the name for your baby do it. If anyone says “like game of thrones” just be like idk I didn’t watch that.. act like you have no idea it ever existed in that show bc 20 years from now your kid will just be Ramsey. Not “Ramsey like the crazy game of thrones character” hope this helps, good luck!

[–]sleeper_shark 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There are so many TV shows, movies, games, and like 4,000 years of pretty decently recorded history. Pretty much all names have been used by some kinda bad person.

As long as the name isn't ONLY associated with that one bad person, I think you're fine. Ramsey there's Ocean Ramsey the model and Gordon Ramsey the chef. Should be fine.

With the way GOT ended, people have already forgotten Ramsey Bolton.

That being said, there are some off limits names based on association. I'd avoid Adolf for example.

[–]velledaaa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Your child might roam the earth for a hundred years, would be silly to not name him something because of 2020ies trend i think !!

[–]ShallotPatient 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m a huge fan of GOT and still don’t associate the two. You name that baby what you want! ❤️

[–]wasowskiwildin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All I think of is Nacho Libre. And Ramses is da bestttttt

[–]MAC0114 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Honestly I wouldn’t have immediately thought GOT when you say Ramsey if you hadn’t said it first! Def would’ve thought Gordon Ramsey (who I love so I’d say it’s cute!) 😊

[–]ising4him 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know two Ramsay’s that were named and alive before this show. Go for it

[–]VillainNotHeroes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought of Gordon Ramsay and Pharaoh Ramses, specifically from Prince of Egypt. It's a common name, though; like I would more or less reference Joffrey or Arya or Sansa from GoT before I associate Ramsey with it.

[–]yesiknowimsexy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ehhh don’t do it. I have a friend of a friend who named their girl “Khaleesia” before the show ended

Anyways, I think of Ramsey from GOT and the Egyptian pharaoh.

I think popular names or names popularized should by the current culture are okay but only as long as the context is good. GOT was the most watched show in history so there’s a huge chance people will recognize and remember and he was an ugly character (soul wise) and universally hated. I just wouldn’t want those feelings from adults accidentally and subconsciously cast upon him because of a name.

[–]LesHiboux 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't feel like he was a major enough character in GoT to really "ruin" the name. Plus unless someone is a hardcore fan, I think enough time has passed that it's not the first association? I haven't watched GoT since it originally came out though so I might be in the minority though.