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Game of Thrones's Khaleesi vs. Singer Kelis: How to Tell Them Apart

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Thanks to the popularity of Game of Thrones, more people are naming their babies after Daenerys Targaryen than ever before. In 2013, more than twice as many parents chose to name their baby girls “Khaleesi” than chose its soundalike “Kelis,” according to data from the Social Security Administration.

Which got us thinking: In ten years or so, parents are going to have a very hard time determining whether their children’s new friends are named after a dragon queen from a fantasy series or a female rapper who was once married to Nas. So, future parents, here’s a refresher on Kelis vs. Khaleesi. (And yes, we know “Khaleesi” is only a title. We’ll have no complaining from book readers on this point.)

Kelis brings all the boys to the yard, Khaleesi brings all the boys to the walls of Meereen.

You may not call the Unsullied “boys” since they’re an army of eunuchs, but we think that’s a little too biologically determinative of you.

Kelis has one name, Khaleesi has many names.

Emilia Clarke
The woman born Kelis Rogers goes only by her first name, while Daenerys Targaryen is more formally known as (deep breath) Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons.

Kelis was part of the All Hearts Tour; Khaleesi took part in an eating hearts tour.

Kelis’s first hit was produced by the Neptunes; Khaleesi’s first love was her “sun, moon and stars.”

Both relationships ended poorly; Kelis split with the Neptunes, while Daenerys was forced to euthanize Khal Drogo.

Kelis worked with Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Khaleesi works with a young, dirty bastard.

We’re talking about Daario Naharis. (Warning: rear-view nudity.)

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