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    Skyler Daenerys?

    Do you think Skyler with the middle name Daenerys is okay, or too much? Daenerys would be after the Game of Thrones character on purpose. She's my favourite character and I think the combo sounds super pretty but wanted to get thoughts. Thanks!

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    I think Daenerys is too much. I myself love GoT and Daenerys is a badass, amazing character, but I'm not a fan of using her name for an actual child, whether first or middle, for multiple reasons:

    - The show and the books are known for being very sexual and I, for one, wouldn't want part of my child's name to be instantly associated with sex by a lot of people (and in the books in particular, she's thirteen when she marries Khal Drogo.......child marriage is not a good association)
    - The incest association
    - There will inevitably be people who have absolutely no idea what Game of Thrones is/who the characters are and are probably going to think you just picked a weird sounding, weird looking name
    - What if your kid dislikes or dislikes being associated with Game of Thrones? It isn't like naming your kid after a character with an established name, so there is absolutely no escaping the "wow, your parents named you after Game of Thrones"

    Overall, I feel like there are some GoT names that are okay to use because they're more subtly from GoT. Maybe they're already trendy (Arya), they're already a classic (Jon), or they just don't look kinda like a keyboard smash. I understand that Daenerys is pretty great, but I feel like using her name as part of your child's name is ill-advised. (Sorry.)

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    I know nothing about Game of Thrones, but as a name the combo flws well and sounds interesting
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    Skyler Daenerys flows well and sounds quite nice as a combo, however, the association is indeed a strong one...

    I do not watch Game of Thrones (too graphic and violent for my liking), but am highly aware of the character due to trends in the media and such. I must admit, Daenerys has a great, strong, whimsical sound to it (so does Khaleesi, admittedly), but as a name created specifically for the series, and being such a prominent character in pop culture at this time, the name Daenerys may well feel very trendy, very fast (especially with this new season being the last and the whole fanfare, soon enough, fading out). That said, as your intention is to use it as a middle name, and it wouldn't come up for her too much, perhaps it's not so bad.

    Alternatively, how would you feel about perhaps using just part of Daenerys' name, lessening the chance of it feeling so trendy (so obviously tied to the series and this time in history), yet still keeping your personal association with your beloved character -- Nerys? Nerys is of Welsh usage, and though true etymology of the name is uncertain, may stem from ner meaning "man, lord, chief; strong, courageous", while adding the popular, usually feminine Welsh suffix -ys with intention to mean "lady". This meaning attains to the character you wish to honor, and Welsh names typically have that same ethereal, whimsical yet strong sound to them that Daenerys has. If you liked the D-, you could potentially use a D- name as first and Nerys in the middle to create her own name (Delilah Nerys), not so tired to the series, yet still very obvious to you. Just an idea.

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    I agree with the first poster.

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    I agree the connotation is a bit strong. Especially since children tend to ask why you named them while quite young, and you wouldn’t want them to watch GOT. As Sunniva said, Nerys is a sweet name and a nod to the character. You could also go with Danny, as that’s a nickname Daenerys sometimes goes by, especially in the books
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    I think "too much" is a line all parents have to draw for themselves. I know people with names strongly associated with fictional and/or mythical characters - some are bothered by it, others not.

    I would suggest waiting until the final episode of the show (and/or until you've read the final book) before using the name, in case the character becomes less appealing to you by the story's end.

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    This is a tricky one. Game of Thrones seems like an odd thing to take as inspiration for your daughter’s name. Don’t get me wrong - it’s an amazing show! But it’s also full of sexual violence, war, sexism, incest, and horrid things. I would be absolutely horrified to be fourteen or fifteen, finally old enough to watch the show where my mother found my middle name, only to see my namesake character molested and married off to a colony of barbaric people in the first episode. There are plenty of names that are tied to pop culture that I think would be wonderful to see as a child, like a little Hermione reading Harry Potter for the first time, or Caspian seeing the Prince Caspian of Narnia on screen, but Daenerys wouldn’t be one that I would find appealing for a name inspiration, even though her character is amazing and strong.

    That being said, Skyler Daenerys is a lofty, cool name, and if you are completely certain of it, then so be it. It will be the perfect name for your daughter, so as long as you absolutely feel that it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onomastodon View Post
    I think "too much" is a line all parents have to draw for themselves. I know people with names strongly associated with fictional and/or mythical characters - some are bothered by it, others not.

    I would suggest waiting until the final episode of the show (and/or until you've read the final book) before using the name, in case the character becomes less appealing to you by the story's end.
    I 100% agree with this - Daenerys' character arc may twist very much, or not at all, before the show is over, and you may feel differently about using her as a namesake for your daughter. If not, there's plenty of precedent for naming kids after well-known fictional characters (looking at you, LotR) and it really comes down to a matter of taste.

    With that said, what do you think about more subtle links to the character?

    Skyler Dany/Dani
    Skyler Storm/Stormborn
    Skyler Rhaella (Daenerys' mother)
    Skyler Regina (regina is the direct Latin translation of queen)
    Skyler Reign/Reina/Raina

    Personally, I think Skyler Regina would be a stunning choice for you - it encapsulates the strength, resilience, and grace of Daenerys' character without the weight of either the pop-culture phenomenon or her more sinister attributes.

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    Listen i have met 3 baby Khalessi's in the last 4 years honestly i think Skyler Daenrys is stunning. It gives Skyler a breath of fresh air.

    I say go for it

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