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"Game of Thrones'" Kit Harrington Didn't Know His Real Name Until He Was 11 Years Old

Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, has come to expect surprises from the HBO series, but surprises are nothing new to him.

The 27-year-old British actor tells Glamour magazine he didn't know his birth name was Christopher until he was 11 years old.

When asked why his parents didn't tell him sooner, Harrington admitted, "I haven't got a clue! I think they could see that I wanted to be Kit, but Christopher was a bit of a tradition."

Harrington goes on to explain, "Kit is traditionally an offshoot of Christopher, it's just not used that often."

Kit also revealed that his middle name, Catesby, was his mother's maiden name. It's also his brother Jake's middle name.

Harrington provides the voice of Eret in How to Train Your Dragon 2 in theaters now.

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