Revealed: 67 New Zealand kids named after Game of Thrones villain Daenerys Targaryen

If you were upset with how Game of Thrones ended, spare a thought for the Kiwi kids who have been named after one of its most vicious mass murderers.

Newshub has discovered that since the show started in 2011, a total of 67 New Zealanders have been named either 'Daenerys' or 'Khaleesi'.

The information was provided to Newshub by the Department of Internal Affairs in response to an Official Information Act request.

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Although she started out as a central character and quickly became a fan favourite, Daenerys Targaryen developed into a homicidal psychopath in the show's final episodes.

Despite its military forces surrendering, she used her dragon to destroy the city of King's Landing in season 8, massacring thousands of innocent men, women and children.

"Our queen's nature is fire and blood," says Tyrion Lannister in the final episode.

"My father [Tywin] was an evil man, my sister [Cersei] was an evil woman. [But] pile up all the bodies of all the people they ever killed, there still won't be half as many as our beautiful queen slaughtered in a single day."

The total of 67 children in New Zealand named after the character includes anyone with either 'Daenerys' or 'Khaleesi' as a first or middle name, but does not include any misspellings of those names - so the number could be even higher.

In the US, at least 3500 girls have been named after the mass murderer, according to the Washington Post, with 'Khaleesi' being the 549th most popular name for American girls born in 2018.

In Aotearoa, 'Khaleesi' was most popular in 2016 and 2018, with 11 girls having it as a name registered in each of those years.

Nobody in New Zealand has been given the character's 33 word full name, which is: Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons.

While the HBO series Game of Thrones has finished, the Song of Ice and Fire novel series it is based on still has two books to be released, which may include a somewhat different ending to the TV show.