'Game of Thrones' inspires surge in babies named Khaleesi

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'Game of Thrones' Inspires Surge In Babies Named Khaleesi


If you've never watched the hit television show "Game of Thrones," you've probably never known anyone named "Khaleesi," but that may change in the coming years.

The show hasn't just made its actors famous and its TV rating stellar, it also has led the name "Khaleesi," a title one of the central figures goes by, to skyrocket in popularity.

In 2013 in Florida, 641 baby girls were given the unconventional name that actress Emilia Clarke goes by in the series. In the previous ten years there were no girls born in the United States who were given the name.

Check out the most popular names given to baby girls in the U.S. in 2013 in the gallery below:

Top 50 baby names (girls)
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'Game of Thrones' inspires surge in babies named Khaleesi

50. Sadie

Pictured here: Reality TV star Sadie Robertson

(Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

49. Claire

Pictured here: American actress Claire Danes

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

48. Sarah

Pictured here: Pioneering female football referee Sarah Thomas

(Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

47. Nevaeh

Pictured here: Rocker Sonny Sandoval of the band P.O.D who is widely credited with the rising popularity of the baby name Nevaeh after the birth of his daughter in 2000. 

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

46. Alexis

Pictured here: American actress Alexis Bledel

(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

45. Riley

Pictured here: Riley Keough, Model, Actress and daughter of Lisa-Marie Presley 

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

44. Arianna

Pictured here: Author and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington

(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

43. Hailey

Pictured here: American model Hailey Clauson

(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

42. Scarlett

Pictured here: American actress Scarlett Johansson

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

41. Kaylee

Pictured here: Austrailian musician Kaylee Harrison

(Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

40. Aria

Pictured here: Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones

(photo credit: Helen Sloan/Courtesy of HBO)

39. Camila

Pictured here: Italian tennis player Camila Giorgi

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

38. Gabriella

Pictured here: English royal Lady Gabriella Windsor

(Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo via Getty Images)

37. Savannah

Pictured here: American journalist Savannah Guthrie

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

36. Aaliyah

Pictured here: the late singer Aaliyah Haughton

(Photo by KMazur/WireImage via Getty Images)

35. Anna

Pictured here: Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue 

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)


Pictured here: American actress Allison Williams

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

33. Leah

Pictured here: American Actress Leah Remini

 (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

32. Audrey

Pictured here: French actress Audrey Tautou

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

31. Zoe

Pictured here: Actress/singer Zoe Kravitz

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

30. Layla

Pictured here: Retired boxer Laila Ali

(Photo by Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)

29. Samantha

Pictured here: US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power

(Photo by Hector Retamal via AFP/Getty Images)

28. Brooklyn

Pictured here: American model Brooklyn Decker

(Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)

27. Lily

Pictured here: English actress Lily Collins

(Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

26. Lillian

Pictured here: American Designer Lillian (Lilly) Pulitzer 

(Photo by The Palm Beach Post/Zuma Press via Alamy)

25. Victoria

Pictured here: English singer & designer Victoria Beckham

(Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

24. Zoey

Pictured here: American actress Zooey Deschanel 

(Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

23. Hannah

Pictured here: American entrepreneur Hannah Bronfman

(Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

22. Grace

Pictured here: Actress & Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly

(Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

21. Natalie

Pictured here: American actress Natalie Portman

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

 20. Evelyn

Pictured here: Dominican volleyball player Evelyn Carrera

(Photo by Miguel Gomez/AP)

19. Addison

Pictured here: American actress Addison Timlin

(Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)

18. Aubrey

Pictured here: American actress Aubrey Plaza

(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

17. Amelia

Pictured here: Pioneering female pilot Amelia Earhart

(Photo by New York Times Co. via Getty Images)

16. Harper

Pictured here: Pulitzer prize winning author Harper Lee

(Photo by Hulton Archive via Getty Images)

15. Ella

Pictured here: Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald 

(Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

14. Chloe

Pictured here: American actress Chloe Sevigny 

(Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

13. Sofia

Pictured here: American flimmaker Sofia Coppola

(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

12. Avery

Pictured here: Actress Elizabeth Banks portrays Avery Jessup on televison's 30 Rock

(Photo by: Ali Goldstein/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

11. Charlotte

Pictured here: English makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury

(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Rachel Zoe)

10. Elizabeth

Pictured here: Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor

(photo credit: Glasshouse images/Alamy)

9. Madison

Pictured here: American actress Madison Pettis

(Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

8. Abigail

Pictured here: American actress Abigail Breslin 

(Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images)

7. Emily

Pictured here: English actress Emily Blunt

(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

6. Mia

Pictured here: Acclaimed actress Mia Farrow

(Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)

5. Ava

Pictured here: American film actress Ava Gardner

(Photo by Ron Burton via Keystone/Getty Images)

4. Isabella

Pictured here: Movie actress Isabella Rossellini

(Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

3. Olivia

Pictured here: American actress Olivia Wilde

(Photo by Justin Tallis via AFP/Getty Images)

2. Emma

Pictured here: English actress Emma Watson

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

1. Sophia

Pictured here: Italian-French film star Sophia Loren

(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


In 2013 another 67 families chose to name their daughters "Daenerys" -- another made up name from the "Game of Thrones" series' author George R.R. Martin that is actually Clarke's character's real name. In the U.S. the name Daenerys was nonexistent before 2011.

But baby girls aren't the only ones being named after characters from the immensely popular show. "Theon," had once been a fairly common name but had fallen to an all-time low in the mid 2000s, and then spiked again when the character Theon Greyjoy appeared on "Game of Thrones."

Check out some of the other names have become popular as a result of the show:

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