Thursday, June 27, 2013

What's in a name? 150 baby girls in the US are named 'Khaleesi'

Just a few days back, I posted about an awesome Game of Thrones-inspired nursery mobile and hinted that a few people have taken to naming their children after characters in George R.R. Martin's books.

It seems that trend was far more pronounced than I was expecting, as the Baby Name Wizard blog reports that 146 female babies in the US were named "Khaleesi" last year.

Purists may argue that this isn't so much a name as it is a title (and they'd be perfectly right in this assertion!) but there's no denying the rising popularity of the name.  In fact, it's increased a reported - and comedic - 450% from 2011, and it was completely unknown in America as a baby name before that time.

...which means that those who read the books before HBO ever dreamed up Game of Thrones had the good sense to not name their daughters Khaleesi.  They probably went for Daenerys instead.

You know that's not my name, right?

What's particularly interesting about the naming trend for Khaleesi is that, apparently, HBO and everyone else in the world has been saying it wrong.

The man credited for making the Dothraki language speakable - David J. Peterson - insists that it should be pronounced "KHAH-lay-see" (with the accent on the first syllable and a softer a sound for the "ee") and not "ka-LEE-see" as it is in the show.

Unfortunately for Peterson, the damage to the pronunciation is now more or less irreversible and he'd have an easier time convincing Thronies to pay $65.00 for a couple of sugar cookies.

[via: TheMarySue]