In the context of the HBO fantasy series, many characters refer to Dany as “Khaleesi” (basically the term “queen” for the Dothraki people) but it’s as a term of respect, not a nickname. It’s like calling Barack Obama “Mr. President,” or calling Queen Elizabeth “your majesty” — you do it when you’re addressing them, but you don’t do it when you’re discussing them.
Sure, Daenerys is the Khaleesi, or the Mother of Dragons, or the Queen of Meereen. But some people have taken to calling her “Khaleesi” like it’s her first name. Just check out this PopSugar video where she isn’t referred to by her actual name once.
That’s like naming your child “King” or “Countess” or “President.” It just. doesn’t. make. sense. Sure, the terms used in “Game of Thrones” are complicated — it’s a fantasy series, after all — but people should have some grasp of the words they’re using to name human beings.
This is something that has been driving some “Game of Thrones” fans (not just me, promise) crazy for years.
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, and don’t know that the Khaleesi’s real name is Daenerys Targaryen, then you’re not really a fan.
The confusion arises because many characters only refer to Daenerys as “Khaleesi” on the show. Here’s the catch: Unless you’re really, really close to a person in power, you don’t usually go around calling them by their first name to their face. In Daenerys’ case, she’s more than just a queen of the Dothraki; she’s one of the most powerful people in the world.
So please, please, please stop calling Dany by her title unless you’re addressing her (a fictional character) to her face. Which, let’s face it, you probably aren’t.