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Khaleesi and Arya: More parents naming kids after 'Game of Thrones' characters

There were 560 baby girls born in 2018 who were named after the Mother of Dragons.

Emilia Clarke in a scene from "Game of

Emilia Clarke in a scene from "Game of Thrones," which aired Sunday. Photo Credit: AP / HBO

(TNS) — More parents are naming their children after fan-favorite characters from the popular HBO show, “Game of Thrones” after the top baby names for 2018 were released by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

The names Khaleesi and Arya have seen a dramatic increase in popularity in recent years.

Khaleesi is one of the many titles for one of the female leads, Daenerys Targaryen.

Khaleesi translates to queen in the fictional language of Dothraki, which are nomadic horse-mounted warriors that follow Daenerys on her journey to claim the Iron Throne.

It was the 549th most popular name for girls last year, compared to its lowest rank of 882nd in 2015. While Khaleesi was popular in 2018, Daenerys, and her nickname Dany, were both not on the top 1,000 baby names database from the Social Security Administration.

There were 560 baby girls born in 2018 who were named Khaleesi.

The name Arya became even more popular since it first appeared on the SSA’s database in 2010.

Arya Stark is another female lead on “Game of Thrones,” — the youngest daughter of Ned Stark who has appeared over the eight seasons of the show. After escaping her family’s enemies, Arya trains to be an assassin and returns home to kill her enemies. She also plays a crucial role in the battle against the Night King.

It was the 119th most popular name for girls in 2018, compared to 942nd in 2010.

There were 2,545 baby girls born in 2018 who were named Arya.

2018 TOP NAMES

The top 10 boys names for 2018 in order are: Liam, Noah, William, James, Oliver, Benjamin, Elijah, Lucas, Mason and Logan.

The top 10 girls names for 2018 in order are: Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella, Sophia, Charlotte, Mia, Amelia, Harper and Evelyn.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the name Emma was the most popular girl’s name, and the second consecutive year that Liam was the most popular boy’s name, after it bumped down Noah last year.

The agency first started creating the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880.

At the time of a child’s birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security card, thus making Social Security the source for the most popular baby names.

The top names that saw the largest increase in popularity from 2017 to 2018 were Meghan for a girl, going from 1404 to 703; and Genesis for a boy, going from 1592 to 984.

To see all the top baby names of 2018, visit SocialSecurity.gov.

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