People Are Naming Their Babies After Game Of Thrones Characters
Move over Emma and Britney, meet Arya and Khaleesi.
Hello Meghan and Harry, we have an idea for what to call your baby -- if you have a girl you can follow the trend and give her a Game of Thrones-inspired baby name. And if you want to be at the very pinnacle of that trend, call her Khaleesi.
At least it means "Queen" in Dothraki, right?
Yes, in the UK and US at least, according to the New York Times, names like Arya and Khaleesi are becoming increasingly popular for real-life babies.
In Australia, latest data doesn't show where they come in the list of most popular names -- we're loving Ava, Charlotte, Mia and Olivia right now says Babycenter.com.au -- but you can be sure they're there somewhere.
The name Khaleesi ranked as the 630th most popular girls’ name in the US in 2017 -- which may not sound that impressive, but to put it into context, more babies were named Khaleesi in 2017 than were named Britney.
Think about that for a moment. #freebritney
And Khaleesi is also a far more popular name than either Hermione (from Harry Potter) or Katniss (from The Hunger Games) ever were -- even at their peak popularity neither made it to the top 1000.
And yes, strangely Khaleesi is much more popular a name than the character's real name of Daenerys is, too.
Khaleesi has also been on the rise in the UK, where some parents are adding their own flourishes. In 2017, Scotland even welcomed a Khaleesi-Destiny and a Khaleesi-Grace, and last year, a Khaleesi-Marie.
However, the most popular baby name associated with Game of Thrones appears to be Arya. And yes, the name and its variants were around long before the book came out (especially in India, Indonesia and Iran, for example), but since 2010, Arya has steadily risen in popularity to 135th place, with 2,156 Aryas born in 2017 alone.
That's a lot of little warriors right there.
And they're not the only GOT monikers the world is taking on -- there were at least a dozen newborns named Sansa, Cersei, Tyrion, and Theon in 2017.
If you're worried about naming your own child after a TV show character, of course, you can always name a pet after your favourite.
Come on Tyrion, fetch!
Feature image: Game of Throne/HBO