“Khaleesi, go to your room!” is a phrase that a growing number of children will become familiar with in the years to come. According to reports, 146 children born in the U.S. last year were named ‘Khaleesi,’ an increase of 450% over 2011. ‘Khaleesi’ is of course one of Daenerys Targaryen's title on Game of Thrones. We have to ask, is this news awesome? Or just weird?
On the show, and in the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, Khaleesi is the Dothraki word for ‘queen.’ So technically it’s not really a name, but if someone can name their baby ‘North West’ then who’s to say what is and isn’t a name these days? After all, Khaleesi is a title of great honor among the Dothraki, and the character of Daenerys is a strong female role model, so in a way, it’s kind of an awesome name.
It’s also pretty weird, though. Khaleesi is a made up word from an imaginary language that is meant to be a title, not a name. The people giving their kids the name also undoubtedly got it from GoT, and naming one’s kids after a TV character is a practice some consider to be, well, misguided. Plus, as awesome as Dany is, she does have a tendency to burn things with fire, which normally doesn't go over too well in the real world.
We’ll have to wait a few years to see how all of these Khaleesis turn out as they grow up, and if we start seeing dragons in the skies, we’ll know where they came from. In the meantime, if people are looking for a GoT-inspired baby name, we recommend sticking with Arya. At least that’s a name!
Source: The Baby Name Wizard (via ING)