Is Khaleesi a Real Name or Just a 'Game of Thrones'-ism? Get Ready to Drop Your Jaw
The simple answer is, yes, Khaleesi is totally a name. Thanks to over 100 parents (who are presumably fans of HBO's Game of Thrones), Khaleesi is officially a name that people give their daughters. But if we're being technical, then according to the fictional language of Dothraki, Khaleesi is not a name — it's a word that means "queen." You say potato, I say potahto.
According to a 2013 report from The Baby Name Wizard Blog, there has been a 450 percent jump in the name's usage because of the 146 American girls who were graced with the name Khaleesi. And if you're wondering why the jump is so high, well, it's because the name was completely unknown before the year 2011 — I'm thinking we can thank GoT for that one. But what's the big deal with naming your kid Khalessi? The title is directed at Daenerys Targaryen, who is the mother of dragons and a fearless fighter for the voiceless (and for, you know, the throne that is rightfully hers). Who wouldn't want their daughter to be bestowed with a name — or title, if you will — that is full of so much power and beauty? Not to mention, you just know there are totally people who have actually named their child "Queen."
Plus, there are definitely some stranger names than Khaleesi that parents could have plucked from George R. R. Martin's world:
Who even wants to be named after this creep? The name just oozes sleeziness.
2. Jeor (of Jeor Mormont)
Someone's got a stick up his rear end.
I would like to be there the day the parent tells this child who they were named after.
4. Tormund (of Tormund Giantsbane)
I hope the beard comes with the name.
So close to being "Stan." So close.
So everyone should hold their judgement until we've got over 100 toddlers named Tormund or Viserys running around. Long live, Khaleesi.