Name of Thrones: 146 babies named Khaleesi in the US

Game of Thrones is putting its stamp on the next generation – after 146 baby girls have been named Khaleesi in the US. The name means “queen” in the Dothraki language – made up by the author of the books, George R.R. Martin – and is one of character Daenerys Targaryan’s titles. The moniker is clearly gaining popularity among fans of the hit TV show based on the books, after its usage has jumped 450 per cent since 2011. It was completely unknown the year before.

Baby name expert Laura Wattenberg wrote: “Plenty of authors dating back to Shakespeare have invented names that caught on with parents. “You can even find names from imagined fantasy worlds that have been used on real-world babies. But a name taken from a words that are not a name, from an imagined language? I can’t think of a precedent.”

The news comes weeks after Arya was revealed as the fastest-growing baby name in the US last year. In the series Ayra is Eddard Stark’s youngest daughter – and the plucky character appears to have inspired new parents in their name choices. It jumped from the 711th rank in 2011 to the 413th in 2012.


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