After Arya and Khaleesi, Yara was the most popular “Thrones” name for baby girls in 2018, bestowed upon 434 newborns. Martin invented many of his character names, but Yara is of Arabic origin and means “small butterfly.” It’s a super-common name in Brazil (where it may also be spelled “Iara”), partly due to the “Lady of the Lake,” a mythological Amazonian mermaid.
Yara Greyjoy (fearsome fighter, accomplished sea captain and sister to Theon) is actually called Asha in Martin’s novels, but the show’s producers changed it to avoid confusion with Osha, a woman of the Free Folk.
Yara is a hugely popular name in the Netherlands, where it ranked 22nd in 2016, and in Portugal, ranked 30th in 2014. Famous Yaras outside “Thrones” include Syrian Journalist and Human Rights Activist Yara Bader, and Brazilian Painter and Artist Yara Tupynamba.