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  1. #1
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    Question Why Katniss and Khaleesi?!

    I just read this article on Guardian.com, which references Nameberry, in response to popular culture names becoming popular. Here is the link:
    http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014...aby-names-2014
    I understand that it's nice to use names associated with your favourite books and films, like Hazel and Elsa, but only if they are already a real name. I wouldn't even use Elsa because I worry too many people would say "Like Frozen?" when they hear her name.
    I just think Katniss and Khaleesi are completely ridiculous. Katniss just sounds like Cat p*ss to me and Khaleesi sounds ghetto. If you wouldn't name your daughter Princess or Queen, don't name her Khaleesi! I'm not saying there's anything wrong with GoT but it's not exactly the sort of show I'd want my child's name to be inspired by. I disliked the Hunger Games as a book, the movies were fine but I think that they will have been forgotten in twenty years or so. Also Katniss the character is named after a fictional plant! Primrose and Rue are much nicer Hunger Games namesakes if you're a huge fan.
    How popular do you think these names will become? How far would you go naming your kid after popular culture?
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  2. #3
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    I agree that The Hunger Games are far from literary masterpieces and will one day be forgotten, and while I love the GoT series, I wouldn't want my child so closely associated with it either. However, literary works bear names and words we use everyday quite frequently. Will Katniss and Khaleesi stand the test of time? In 500 years from now, when people have long forgotten THG and GOT, and have forgotten about the names associations with strong, pretty girls, and just purely focus on how a name sounds, will they still choose Khaleesi and Katniss? Not sure about that, but who knows.

    Today, people are drawn to Katniss and Khaleesi because their namesakes fulfill what society idealizes in women, and what parents want of daughters, strength and beauty.

    Personally, Katniss and Khaleesi would never be my choice, but I understand why parents consider and pick those names.
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  3. #5
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    I mean they're not even popular in real life. They are popular in the nameberry search which only tells us that many people click on the name which means nothing. I click on many weird names just because I think "wow that's a weird name, where does is come from". I think that's why most people click on it and I don't understand the problem. Basically no one uses these names. Also, I didn't read GoT so I can only judge by sound but there are far worse names than Khaleesi. If people want to use it, why not. And even if my parents told me "we named you after a great character in a book that we read around that time" I think it's a valid reason and a book doesn't need to stay popular for it to be a significant name choice.

    Also I feel like we've discussed Katniss about as many times as we've discussed "boy names" on girls...

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    Yeah, good point taylorbluesky, neither Katniss or Khaleesi are in the top 1000 in America.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taylorblueskye View Post
    I mean they're not even popular in real life. They are popular in the nameberry search which only tells us that many people click on the name which means nothing. I click on many weird names just because I think "wow that's a weird name, where does is come from". I think that's why most people click on it and I don't understand the problem. Basically no one uses these names. Also, I didn't read GoT so I can only judge by sound but there are far worse names than Khaleesi. If people want to use it, why not. And even if my parents told me "we named you after a great character in a book that we read around that time" I think it's a valid reason and a book doesn't need to stay popular for it to be a significant name choice.

    Also I feel like we've discussed Katniss about as many times as we've discussed "boy names" on girls...
    Exactly. I have clicked on Khaleesi before, and I neither like it as a name nor would ever consider using it. I was just interested to see the nameberry entry on it. Also, I bet a lot of people google "Katniss" or "Khaleesi" and end up here without even realizing it is a baby naming site.
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