Popular HBO series Game of Thrones has been inspiring a baby name boom in America lately. Recent data from the year 2012 has shown that the name Khaleesi among a couple of others has become quite popular.
The extremely successful fantasy drama series, which can be seen late nights on the HBO network, is based off a series of novels called the Song of Ice and Fire written by author George R.R. Martin. The show debuted in April of the year 2011 and was most recently renewed for a fifth and sixth season after the fourth season premiered on April 6 to 6.6 million viewers, making it HBO’s highest watched show since The Sopranos‘ series finale in 2007. The premiere episode replayed another two times and brought the total tally of viewers up to 8.2 million.
President of HBO programming, Michael Lombardo, said in a statement about the show, “Game of Thrones has proven to be like no other in its uniqueness. The writers of the show continue to amaze us all with their storytelling abilities, and we are looking forward to more.”
Game of Thrones takes place in the mythical land of Westeros. Great Houses of noble families struggle for control and leadership across the land, hoping to rule in the famed Iron Throne, using whatever means they can to ensure their political power across the continent of Westeros. Each of the Great Houses govern specific regions in Westeros, and many lesser houses are under their allegiances as well. The Great Houses are Arryn, Baratheon, Greyjoy, Lannister, Martell, Stark, Targaryen, Tully and Tyrell.
Khaleesi is the title which is given to popular character Daenerys Targaryen, played by actress Emilia Clarke, after she marries a Dothraki (a race of horse-bound warriors) leader named Drago. The name means queen in the mythical Dothraki language. Data taken from the Social Security Administration has shown that Game of Thrones has inspired a huge baby name boom, with 146 different baby girls being named Khaleesi in the year 2012, a year after the show premiered on HBO.
Khaleesi beat out a couple of the more common female names, such as Brandy, which only totaled out to 130 baby girls, and Alex, with 128. The name Daenerys also garnered some tributes but didn’t prove to be as popular, with a total of 21. Arya, which is a girl’s name also quickly climbing the popularity charts, is influenced from another character within the Game of Thrones universe, the independent and young Arya Stark. The name jumped 529 places since entering the female baby name list in 2010. Despite the considerably large jump in numbers for these strange and unique names, the top five female names of the 2012 year still remained relatively common with Sophia topping the list. The other four in the top were Emma, Olivia, Isabella, and Ava.
The dramatic fantasy series can be seen at 9 p.m. ET on the HBO network on television. It can also be watched online through HBO GO and HBO Connect. For viewers who wish to see Game of Thrones which inspired the unique baby name boom of Khaleesi, Daenerys, and Arya, Season Four’s new episodes premiere Sunday nights, with the next episode entitled The Lion and the Rose. The second episode of the new season will show on April 13.
By Jessica Cooley