Parents Still Don’t Regret Naming Kids After ‘Mad Queen’ Daenerys
The Game of Thrones boom of the past decade has led to some slightly left-field baby names, including everything from Oberyn and Rhaegar through to Bran and Khal - along with, of course, the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys (or Khaleesi).
But with eight seasons almost complete, we've had plenty of time to see characters evolve - some for the better, some for the worse.
Jaime Lannister, for example, almost had some of us won round when he began to show his more caring side with Brienne, while Arya has simply gone from badass to indestructible.
Daenerys, on the other hand, took a bit of a strange turn in the most recent episode, wreaking absolute havoc on King's Landing with her massive fire-breathing dragon and killing a whole load of innocent people.
Sigh. Dany, we thought you were cool.
But even after this dramatic plot twist, many of the parents who decided to name their kids after the Mother of Dragons are standing firm, saying they regret nothing.
That includes Hector Morales Rivera, a technical specialist living in Pennsylvania, who has a six-year-old daughter named Daenerys.
"I don't have any regrets," he told Vulture, explaining he and his wife once felt a kick from their unborn baby when a character said Daenerys' name.
"I still love her name, I have very fond memories because of that name, because of how attached I have been to this series."
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Another parent, whose one-year-old is called Khaleesi, has a similar outlook.
"I'm still behind her," Katherine Acosta told The Cut.
"Even after last night's episode, I'm still rooting for her. I don't think she did anything wrong. I think she did what she had to do."
She continued: "After the episode, a lot of people kept tagging me on memes and being like, 'How do you feel that Khaleesi has that name now that Daenerys did all of that?' I'm like, I don't feel anything different. It's not like she did it just 'cause. If you watch the show, she had every right."
Suzy Friot, whose daughter Khaleesi is 14 months old, told The New York Post: "As the show progressed, we love that her character overcame many obstacles and earned respect and love as a queen, instead of being a tyrant.
"On top of it all, she was a beautiful, intelligent woman. She is a woman who was going to change the world."
Friot, 28, from Ogdensburg in New York, also said she didn't blame Daenerys in her quest for revenge.
"I do still love her, and understand she feels like she has been scorned by the people she trusts," said Friot, adding that when the time comes to explain to her daughter where her name comes from, she will leave out the, er, downward spiral.
"I just sum up her character as a strong woman who had to learn to adapt to a world that underestimated her; a woman who took the role she was given and flourished into a queen worthy of a throne," she said.
"I almost wish I had named her Arya."
Game of Thrones concludes on Sky Atlantic at 2am on Monday 20 May, then repeats in the UK and Ireland at 9pm that same day.
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