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The name thread
19 May 2013
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^^^ +4 Power to the people and all that jazz!

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19 May 2013
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By the way Katie, I like your name. The pronouncation of Cait as Cawawtch seems a bit strange to me, but I like Caitriona, though I assumed it was really pronounced the same way it's written.

Isn't it funny how the lamest names (not aimed at you AppleScruff) can have the coolest meanings by the way? 

Question for everyone: Did your parents know the meanings of your names when they picked them or did they pick them based on their meanings or just because they liked it or whatever?

20 May 2013
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My father was born in Austria of Austrian parents, came over to America when he was young, then married my very American mother.  When I was born, he wanted to name me "Erich Maria" (there are several famous Germans with that combo, like the writer "Erich Maria Remarque") -- but my mother put her foot down and said no way, and gave me another middle name.

In retrospect, however, I kind of like the look of "Erich Maria".

 

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21 May 2013
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Linde said
I thought that was aimed at the Beatles related topics? This is a topic in a non-Beatles section and surely if there's a topic for ''what people are eating now'' or whatever, there could also be a topic on names and their meaning? I personallly find it much more interesting to read about names with meanings, than to read someone is having pizza for dinner. But hey, each to his own (or whatever that expression is)

Edit: Ah I was too slow!

That's actually quite true. I apologise, I was in a bad mood the other day.

 

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21 May 2013
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21 May 2013
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Better, thank you :D

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21 May 2013
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My name is Andreas...my family originally came to the USA from Greece in the late 1910s/early 1920s, I'm 2 3/4 Generation Greek American (what I mean by this is that 3 of my grandparents were born here in America to Greek immigrants, while my 4th grandparent immigrated here from Greece). It means "manly" or "of man" in Greek. However, my entire life, I've gone by Drew (since Andreas is the Greek version of Andrew). My parents wanted me to be called Drew but did *not* want me to be called Andy, so they gave me the Greek name (it's also a family name, and we Greeks do like to recycle names throughout the family!) instead of Andrew.

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21 May 2013
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Sorry to go off topic but whenever I see the date you registered DrBeatle it slightly breaks my heart :(

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21 May 2013
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AppleScruffJunior said
Sorry to go off topic but whenever I see the date you registered DrBeatle it very slightly breaks my heart :(

I'm right there with you :cry:

 

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21 May 2013
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Wow, never even noticed that. heart

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21 May 2013
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Interesting that "Andrea" means "manly" (from the Greek for "man" -- aner, andros -- from which we also derive "anthropology" etc.), because in America, "Andrea" is strictly a girl's name.

Europeans are more open and knowledgeable to linguistic exceptions, rather than keying in on what sounds right (e.g., an "-a" ending must always be feminine in America).  Same goes for the virtual impossibility in America for a guy to have "Maria" in his name, while it's relatively common in Europe.

There's an Italian opera singer -- quite a burly manly guy -- named "Andrea Bocelli".

I don't know if this is related, but the hit from 1970 by the Latin rock band Malo called "Suavecito" is about a girl.  The word "suavecito" in Spanish means "darling", and yet the Spanish feel no need to tag on an "a" on the end, just because they are referring to a girl.

 

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21 May 2013
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Funny Paper said
Europeans are more open and knowledgeable to linguistic exceptions, rather than keying in on what sounds right (e.g., an "-a" ending must always be feminine in America).

 

Of course, there are exceptions to that rule. I am reminded of the Suzanne Vega song "Luka", about a young boy suffering child abuse/neglect. Luka is never a feminine name, always male.

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21 May 2013
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I don't know if you're talking about just names or all words, but in many European languages, words that most English-speaking people would not consider to have a gender are given a gender, if that makes any sense, and they have specific endings. Also, words that are gender-specific in both English and languages other than English have specific endings.

Example: Spanish for "friend"--  male = amigo; female = amiga.

I don't know if any of this makes sense...

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22 May 2013
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Yep I studied Romance languages and Germanic languages, even inanimate objects are given genders. In Romance Languages usually there are only two genders and you have to use a different article for each one like in Spanish el for masculine and la for feminine what's even more confusing is that it's completely based on nothing, like it's random. For example la corbata, corbata means necktie, which obviously only males use but why did it have a feminine form? RANT RANT RANT. Oh and there's German which has three genders, masculine, feminine and neutral.

 

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22 May 2013
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Gerell said
Yep I studied Romance languages and Germanic languages, even inanimate objects are given genders. In Romance Languages usually there are only two genders and you have to use a different article for each one like in Spanish el for masculine and la for feminine what's even more confusing is that it's completely based on nothing, like it's random. For example la corbata, corbata means necktie, which obviously only males use but why did it have a feminine form? RANT RANT RANT. Oh and there's German which has three genders, masculine, feminine and neutral.

 

The fact some things are merely used by males but have a feminine form and vice versa in German has always confused me. It may sound a lot like Dutch and Dutch may be difficult, but at least we do not have that whole gender thing.

Also, I know a girl named Luka, poor thing.

And Maria is quite common around here too. In little Catholic towns around here there are a lot of guys with Maria as a middle name. I would never do that to my son, as for one I'm not Catholic and he would get bullied. Erich Maria has a nice sound though.

@DrBeatle I find it weird your parents named you Andreas with the reason that otherwise you might be called Andy. When you're named Andreas, people could still call you Andy right? 

22 May 2013
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Sure they could, that's why my parents have called me Drew from the day I was born, I guess they figured people would be less likely to shorten it to Andy, but you're right, I guess that logic may not really work :lol: And I've been called it all: Andy, Andrew, Andre, and even Andrea (usually this is via email where people assume I'm a woman until they hear my voice or see me...I'm 6'5" and 250 lbs so that clears it up pretty quick! :-p).

 

When I was a kid I wanted to go by my middle name (John) because it would've been so much easier!

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2 September 2013
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My name is Blake.  It means nothing.

My Mom saw 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' and saw the director's name (Blake Edwards), and then saw his name pop up again over the years.  So that was me.

Interesting side note is that I've since named one of my daughters after Audrey Hepburn.  I just hope she doesn't eventually name a son Mr. Yunioshi.

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From babynamesworld.com: "The meaning of the name Scott is 'Painted warrior'"

From behindthename.com: "Scott is derived from Latin Scoti meaning "Gaelic speaker", with the ultimately origin uncertain"

From babynamewizard.com: "Transferred use of the surname derived from the Old English Scottas, originally "an Irishman," and later, "a Scotchman, a Gael from Scotland."

So I don't know which to believe! My mother just liked the name. (I do have Scots ancestry - a great-great-great-etc.-grandparent born in Scotland in the 1700s)

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The internet says that Anna is a Latin form of the Greek name ???? and the Hebrew name Hannah (Hebrew: ?????? ?ann?h?, meaning "favor" or "grace").

And it also says that dog is a domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, and a barking, howling, or whining voice. It is widely kept as a pet or for work or field sports.

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Speaking of Greek, interesting that John, Paul, and George all come from Greek names.  Richard (Ringo's real name) is I think Anglo-Saxon or something.

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