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Y’all watch too much TV. No seriously… When the Social Security Administration can release stats on how many babies have been born bearing certain characters’ names, it’s officially a serious problem.

Social Security Administration Reveals Khaleesi A More Popular Name In 2012 Than Betsy Or Nadine

We love “Game Of Thrones” but we’re not quite ready to name our firstborn after the “Mother of Dragons” — however it turns out there are hundreds of people who will.

According to Vox reports:

According to data from the Social Security Administration, were 21 newborns in 2012 named “Daenerys,” which was never used enough in previous years to show up in official counts (for privacy reasons, the SSA only releases numbers for names used five or more times in a given year).

But wee baby Daeneryses were dramatically outnumbered by newborns named “Khaleesi” — the title Targaryen earned when she married Dothraki leader (or “Khal”) Drogo. 146 “Khaleesi”s were born in 2012, making it more popular as a full name than “Betsy” or “Nadine.”

In 2010, less than five newborns were named Khaleesi. That rose to 28 in 2011 and then more than quintupled to 146 in 2012.

Another fan favorite character, the itinerant orphan Arya Stark, also seems to have inspired a few hundred baby names. Causality is harder to determine here than with “Khaleesi,” as “Arya” is a real name (mostly for boys) whereas “Khaleesi” is a made-up term invented by George R.R. Martin (who wrote the books on which the show is based). So it’s possible that “Arya”‘s fluctuations in popularity can be attributed to non-Game of Thrones factors.

But the name surged in popularity with girls in 2011 and 2012, after the show premiered. Also suggestive is the fact that it was barely used as a girl’s name before Martin’s first book came out in 1996 (it was used less than five times and thus not in the SSA’s data in 1995, and in the two years previous), and has since steadily risen in popularity.

The Hunger Games managed to make the name “Katniss” a thing. It doesn’t show up in SSA data until 2012, when it overtook “Maude” and “Lucianne.” That was the same year the movie version — in which Jennifer Lawrence played Katniss Everdeen, who must fight for her region in the titular tourney — came out.

SMH… We don’t see y’all out here naming your kids Joffrey too much though huh?

Seriously though, some of y’all need to turn the TV off. Y’all know they wrote a bunch of books first about this series right? Try reading some!

Keith Bernstein/HBO



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