Was Robert Arryn named Robert to honour King Robert? Whose choice was it?

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    Presumably his father and mother, Jon Arryn and Lysa Tully? Why would someone else do it? Since Robert was Jon's ward and they were close, presumably it is an homage to Robert.
    – TLP
    Commented Mar 2, 2014 at 15:56

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Robert Arryn was named after King Robert Baratheon, in honour of his father's affiliation with the monarch. In the book "A Game of Thrones", Robert Baratheon says;

"The boy is my namesake, did you know that? Robert Arryn. I am sworn to protect him. How can I do that if his mother steals him away?"

In answer to the second part of your question, there seems to be no canon description of who named him but there's also no reason to assume that it wasn't his parents; Jon Arryn and Lysa Tully.

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    @TLP - In american usage, namesake almost always means "named after" rather than the English usage which generally means "named the same as". Also, the rest of the quote makes no sense if he just means "we share a similar name" since obviously Ned knows that already...
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 2, 2014 at 17:42
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    It is clear that Jon named his son after Robert, since as we can see, they both have the same name, and it would be silly to assume otherwise, considering how close they were. Likewise, Ned obviously named his son after Jon. And possibly Robb/Robert. (And curiously we learn that there is a Edric "Ned" Dayne.) That does not mean that either person is sworn to protect their namesakes. I don't know why Robert had sworn to protect Jon's son, but if anything, it was not because they had the same name.
    – TLP
    Commented Mar 2, 2014 at 18:08
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    @tlp - That's a separate question. Ivo's question is "who is he named after"...
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 2, 2014 at 18:12
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    You misunderstand me. The second part of the quote ("did you know that?") proves that he was named after him whereas your comment is basically a fan theory with no foundation
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 2, 2014 at 18:41
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    @TLP agreed it's a clunky piece of exposition. But I guess the point is that while it may be obvious they have the same name, it may not be obvious that the name was chosen to honour King Robert. If this is not the correct interpretation, how then would you explain Ned not knowing (as of Chapter 4) the name of the 6 year-old son of the man who fostered him as a boy? And let's assume his closeness to Jon Arryn is irrelevant - it still doesn't stack up. The event of the birth of an heir to the Vale would be big news, the kind of news that ought to reach all corners of the Seven Kingdoms. Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 9:40

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