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K for Khaleesi: Game of Thrones Inspires Fantastical Baby Name Boom

There’s no doubt about it – baby names are getting increasingly 'out there' . From Kanye West and Kim Kardashian opting for the unusual name ‘North West’ for their baby daughter, to Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin famously calling one of their kids ‘Apple’, traditional names seem to be going out the window.

Now, it’s not just celebrities we’re copying but TV shows too, with the multi-award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones – inspired by George R. R. Martin’s novels of the same name – reportedly sparking a boom in baby names inspired by the show’s fantastical characters.

According to statistics released by the US’ Social Security Administration (SSA), 146 baby girls were named after Emilia Clarke’s character in the hit series – Khaleesi – meaning ‘queen’ in the fictional language of Dothraki.

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The Telegraph reports that the trend is proving popular in the UK too, with 21 ‘Khaleesis’ registered in 2011, in tribute to the ‘dragon mother’.

Another popular character in the fantasy drama, Arya, daughter of Eddard and Catelyn Stark of Winterfell, is also a firm favourite according to the SSA, climbing from 942nd (2010) to 413th (2012) place in the popularity charts.

So, are we likely to be seeing more Sansas than Sarahs and more Tyrions than Timothys in the future? With the fourth series of the show  already underway this month, and future series on the cards, this trend is surely not going to show any signs of abating.

Let’s just hope it stops at Joffrey Lannister, the wickedly evil King of the Seven Kingdoms...

Would you name your baby after a character from Game of Thrones? Comment below.

 

 

 
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