Two of the most popular names for baby girls in America come from 'Game of Thrones'

Daenerys Drogon attackHBO

The wildly popular HBO show "Game of Thrones" is in its final season, and two fan-favorite characters appear to be an inspiration to new parents.

The New York Times recently profiled several parents who named their children after characters from the show. Particularly popular were names taken from two of the series' female leads, Daenerys Targaryen and Arya Stark.

Read more: Arya, Sansa, and Daenerys: More people than ever are naming their daughters after 'Game of Thrones' characters

That trend appears to be continuing. Data on the most popular baby names of 2018 just released by the Social Security Administration shows that more parents than ever are giving their children names that match the two protagonists.

One of Daenerys' many titles on "Game of Thrones" is "Khaleesi," which loosely translates into "queen" in the fictional language of the Dothraki, a fierce horse-riding warrior tribe that Daenerys comes to rule.

Khaleesi was also the 549th most popular name for newborn girls in 2018.

Bloomberg editor Nick Turner pointed out in a tweet that "Khaleesi is now a more popular girls' name than Gloria, Anne, or Julie."

Khaleesi broke into the top 1,000 names for baby girls in 2014 and has steadily grown in popularity since, with 560 newborn girls being given the Dothraki title for queen in 2018:

number of baby girls named khaleesiBusiness Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Social Security Adiministration

Despite the popularity of Khaleesi, neither Daenerys - the character's actual given name in the show - nor the commonly used nickname "Dany" appear in the top 1,000 names for baby girls, according to the SSA.

This image released by HBO shows Maisie Williams in a scene from This image released by HBO shows Maisie Williams in a scene from &quotGame of Thrones," that aired Sunday, April 28, 2019. In the Associated Press' weekly &quotWealth of Westeros" series, we're following the HBO fantasy show's latest plot twists and analyzing the economic and business forces driving the story. This week, Arya's triumphant assassination of the king ice zombie has prompted an appreciation among us for the role of skills, in economics as well as medieval Westeros. (Helen Sloan/HBO via AP)Associated Press

The growth in popularity of the name Arya has been even more dramatic. In "Game of Thrones," Arya Stark is the younger daughter of Ned Stark, an early protagonist on the show. Over the eight seasons of the show, Arya escapes her family's enemies, goes to a foreign land and trains to be a deadly shape-shifting assassin, returns home to kill several of those previously-mentioned enemies, and plays a crucial role in the recent battle against the terrifying Night King.

Arya has been among the top 1,000 names for girls since 2010, and has shot up rapidly since "Game of Thrones" debuted in 2011. In 2018, Arya was the 119th most popular name for baby girls, with a whopping 2,545 infants sharing a name with the highborn-girl-turned-assassain:

number of baby girls named aryaBusiness Insider/Andy Kiersz, data from Social Security Administration

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