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Parents Are Naming Their Babies After These ‘Game of Thrones’ Characters

There could soon be a bunch of little Khaleesis running around.


There are Game of Thrones fans—and then there are GoT fans who are so obsessed with their favorite characters from Westeros that they name their babies after them. Following the premiere of the show’s final season on Sunday night, a new study reports that there has been a spike in GoT-inspired baby names in the first quarter of 2019.

According to BabyCenter’s data, Khaleesi is the most popular of the show’s names, up seven percent from last year to No. 493. The Mother of Dragons is followed by the youngest Lannister sibling, Tyrion (up 20 percent to No. 2,657), and Stark (up nine percent to No. 6,937), thanks to brothers Jon, Bran, Arya, and Sansa. Khaleesi’s sidekick and exiled knight Jorah also climbed 36 percent to No. 6,959.

And while Khaleesi may top the list, the name that’s rising the fastest is Olenna. The Queen of Thorns has jumped 71 percent since last year. Ellaria, another enemy of Cersei, has also seen a big increase in popularity, up 53 percent. Coincidentally, the demand for the name Cersei has actually declined in 2019.

“Parents are inspired by the things they love as well as the sound of a name,” Linda Murray, BabyCenter’s Senior Vice President of Consumer Experience, said in a press release. “In the past, we’d look to the Bible or royalty for name inspiration. Today’s parents turn to other sources. We’ve had two decades plus of ‘unique’ names, and anything goes.”

One superfan family is even making headlines after they gave their baby a GoT moniker—and one from Harry Potter and Star Wars, too. The Davies welcomed Bellatrix Daenerys Leia Davies to their family on New Year’s Day.

“I’ve always loved the name Bellatrix since I got into Harry Potter and then we were watching Game of Thrones and I said to my husband that I wanted to put ‘Daenerys’ in her name as well,” mom Kay Davies told Metro. “He said, ‘Well if you’re having a reference to your favorite film, so am I’ and that’s how we decided on Leia as well.”