*Spoiler Alert - Do Not Read If You Haven't Watched Game of Thrones* During the last night's episode of Game of Thrones, the second last in the series and what some have called the most shocking episode of the season, Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Protector of the Realm, Lady Regent of the Seven Kingdoms, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons,” added a new title to her every growing list; Mad Queen. Despite the bells ringing signaling surrender, the great Khaleesi decided to burn Kings Landing to the ground, showing no mercy while her Unsullied and Dothraki armies killed anyone and everyone in their way on the ground. Tyrion, Jon Snow and Ser Davos could only look on in disgust as they realized that Varys was right about her before he was sentenced to death.
Stormborn, who up until last night was a fan favorite and the very embodiment of a strong and formidable television heroine, has some viewers concerned about her recent change of heart, with many concluding she's simply following in the footsteps of her father, the Mad King. This could possibly be worrying to the thousands of parents who have opted to use the show as inspiration when naming their children, particularly those who have used a particular Mad Queen as their naming influence.
The # of U.S. children born in 2018 who have Game of Thrones character names, per new @SocialSecurity data:— Joe Murphy (@joemurph) May 10, 2019
The popularity of the show knows no bounds, with more than 4500 children named after the show's characters in 2018 alone. Despite hints throughout the entire show's run that Daenerys would eventually "burn it all down" and go from beloved leader to Mad Queen, there have been a surprising number of people who have named their daughter after the mother of dragons. NBC News reports that the name Daenerys has been given to 163 different children in 2018 while a misspelled version has been used 8 times. There are 560 different Khaleesi's walking around with over 20 others who also have used various spellings.
While most parents who named their child Khaleesi would assume she'd be lucky enough to grow up as strong, compassionate and loyal as their television character namesake, those parents may be rethinking their decision right about now. So while Daenerys is a beautiful name and Khaleesi is Dothraki for "Queen" perhaps it would have been prudent to wait to see how any series plays out before using character names as the inspiration for your own child's name.
The good news is that Arya is by far the most popular choice of GOT inspired names, with 2545 named after the fierce Stark family member in just the last year. Let's hope that next week's show doesn't make those parents regret that name too!