Can I call my daughter Daenerys

: Game of Thrones: Daenerys, are you coming? Parents give their children GOT names

Sansa, Khaleesi, Tyrion - for some time the name researcher Knud Bielefeld from Ahrensburg near Hamburg has noticed unusual first names like these. According to his research, many parents are inspired by the hit series "Game of Thrones" when they are looking for names for their offspring.

Mr. Bielefeld, will soon every second girl in Germany be called Daenerys like the ruler from the series?

This is really not to be expected. Even the name Emma, ​​which was the most popular name in 2018, is only borne by 2.01 percent of all girls. The names from "Game of Thrones" are much rarer and far from any top ten list.

What's the most common name in the series that parents choose?

One favorite is Jon - without an H, like the serial hero Jon Snow. Since 2006 I have found it 365 times as the first or middle name in my database, which is based on 610 different sources nationwide, mainly maternity clinics and registry offices. The first name of Jon's colleague Arya has been given 250 times.

How do you like such names?

The interesting thing is that almost all of the names are new creations that were created especially for the book or series. Nonetheless, they are similar to established names and do not seem totally wacky. Arya or Sansa, that sounds pretty normal. It would be different with "Star Wars" figures, for example. I mean, Chewbacca wouldn't do that well with our namesake.

Nevertheless, everyone knows immediately that this child is named after "Game of Thrones".

With names like Daenerys, who appears six times in German birth certificates, that's definitely true. All I can say is that if I had a daughter I wouldn't choose Daenerys as a name. But many parents consciously look for names from their favorite series or film and get inspired by them. In addition, the registry offices in Germany have become much more tolerant when it comes to unusual child names.

Are there parents who are particularly sensitive to series and film names?

It is especially very young parents who choose such names. Pop culture means more to them than parents in their thirties. "Game of Thrones" is not the only example. Since Shakira named her first son Milan in 2013, this name has also become increasingly popular in this country.