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Origin, Meaning, And History of Khaleesi

Khaleesi is originally not a name but a royal title that means ‘queen.’ The name was first invented by author George R.R. Martin in his popular novel series the Game of Thrones. Khaleesi originated from the language spoken by the Dothraki people. In their language, khal is the leader of a specific clan, while the khaleesi title is given to his wife.

In Martin’s world, the character played by Daenerys Targaryen has redefined the true meaning of Khaleesi. Amongst the Dothraki people, when the khal dies, the khaleesi or his wife is no longer allowed to rule. Society abandons her. But in the novel, when Khal, played by Drogo, dies, his wife remains in power. She not only controls her own clan but further goes on and conquers the surrounding lands. For Daenerys Targaryen, the meaning of khaleesi is no longer limited to just a wife. She actually elevates its meaning to a level of high power and respect.

In some parts of the world, Khaleesi is pronounced as ka-LEE-see, while others prefer to pronounce it as KHAH-ley-see. So, there remains a little confusion with respect to the pronunciation of the word. Of late, Khaleesi has also gained popularity as a decent choice for baby girl names. There are many variations of the name Khaleesi such as Caleesi, Kaleesi, Khaless, Khalesi, or Khaleesie. However, the ultimate fate of the character of Daenerys, who essayed the role of a Khaleesi in the television series Game of Thrones, has made the parents focus on the name.

Some of the fans of HBO’s popular show Game of Thrones popularized the name by naming their children Khaleesi. That was a big move indeed. The name entered the list of US top 1000 names in the year 2014.


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The name means Queen
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Khaleesi On The Popularity Chart

After the popularity of ‘Game of Thrones,’ the use of the name Khaleesi increased. Let’s look at the graph and analyze its growth trend.

Popularity Over Time

As per the data provided by the Social Security Administration, the popularity of Khaleesi improved from 28 babies per million having this name in 2011 to 563 babies per million having it in 2018. This graph will tell you more about it.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The graph below shows a significant improvement in the rank of the name Khaleesi. In 2011, it stood at rank 4985; however, as people started using it more, the rank reached 703 in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Khaleesi

Are you searching for a name that sounds as powerful and strong as Khaleesi? Here are some of the best names to consider.

Names With the Same Meaning As Khaleesi

Still confused whether to select the name Khaleesi or not? We will help you narrow down to some of the top names with the same meaning.

 Name Numerology For Khaleesi

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