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Rizu (りず)

Rizu (りず) | Name News | Scoop.it
Sources Pronunciation guide (Main) gender: Female Pronunciation: rʸee-zuu [ɾʲí.zɨ̀ᵝ] Etymology and/or ways to write: This name is a borrowing from the English name Liz, a shortened form of Elizabeth. Kanji used for this name include: ri (り) zu (ず) 莉 part of 茉莉 (matsuri) "Arabian jasmine" 珠 "gem, jewel" 梨 "pear" 鈴 "bell" 理 "reason,…
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Flora June's Name Change ⋆

Flora June's Name Change ⋆ | Name News | Scoop.it
Basically, she discovered that she prefers the name Flora in French, and the name June in English. So at home, she mostly goes by June — though sometimes, she’s Flora if we’re speaking French.
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The Arrival of Aeris (and Aerith) –

The Arrival of Aeris (and Aerith) – | Name News | Scoop.it
The curious name Aeris first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1998: 2001: 26 baby girls named Aeris2000: 26 baby girls named Aeris1999: 22 baby girls named Aeris1998: 23 baby girls named Aeri…
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You know my name? –

You know my name? – | Name News | Scoop.it
when California treasurer and former Supervisor Fiona Ma was running for the state Treasurer seat in 2018, her Chinese name by birth did not appear on the translated ballots. It was frustrating for her as she has used her Chinese name in all translated ballots previously in local elections in San Francisco, which likely boosted votes for her among Chinese speaking voters.
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Sunday Summary: Everest, Facundo, and 4-Letter Names

Sunday Summary: Everest, Facundo, and 4-Letter Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Could Everest catch on - for girls? Is your list chock full of 4-letter names? Plus, what's the English equivalent of Facundo and lots more name chatte
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Gottlieb –

Gottlieb – | Name News | Scoop.it
Gottlieb is the German form of Goteleib which is an Ancient Germanic male name meaning "God's love" or "beloved by God" or "beloved of God" composed from Old High German elements got (god) from PIE *ǵʰutós (invoked, poured) derived from root word *ǵʰew- (pour, liberate); and lieb (beloved, dear) derived from PIE root word *lewbʰ- (to love). Gottlieb also means "god +offspring, son", the latter from Old High German leiba (offspring,…
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Top 10 Yoruba names you never guessed were Arabic names

Daily Trust: I have always been fascinated by Yoruba people’s creative morphological domestication of Arabic names.
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Weekends in Malta

Weekends in Malta | Name News | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, since Malta is a former British colony, it looks like trendy names popular in the rest of the anglophone world are the norm. A search for "Maltese names" mostly takes me to places that have recommendations for a Maltese dog and not a Maltese child. There are a few scattering of sources that offer…
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Prénoms francisés féminins V

These are hypothetical French equivalents of popular names or unusual names found from the statistical databases from across the world. What do you think? Do you have better ideas of what these names should be in French? Scotland Abriane (Abrianna) Adanne/Adane (Adanna) Aïre (Aira) Aïrène (Airen) Aloune/Alune (Aluna) Aluvie (Aluvia) Amarise/Amaryse (Amaris) Auréole (Halo) Bétane (Bethan)…
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Prénoms françisés féminins III

Here is the continuation of hypothetical French equivalents of popular female names from around the world. What do you think? Greenland Ivalou (Ivalu) Pipaluc (Pipaluk) Nivie (Nivi) Hungary Boglarcke/Boglarke/Boglarque (Boglarka) Jélique/Jélyke/Jélike (Zselyke) Kingue (Kinga) Panne (Panna) Récke/Réke/Réque (Réka) Iceland Aslague (Aslaug) Audore (Audur) Berglinde (Berglind) Brynie (Brynja) Colbrune (Kolbrun) Dagberte (Dagbjort) Elfe (Elfa) Éyrune (Eyrun)…
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Polonisations

Here is the Polish edition. This what some popular names would look like if they were hypothetically translated into Polish. What do you think? Would you use any of these? Do you recognize any of them? Please note, traditionally Polish feminine names always end in an -a. Again, based off the U.S. Top 1000. Any…
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Solving the Problem of My Turkish-American Name

Solving the Problem of My Turkish-American Name | Name News | Scoop.it
My parents, chemical engineers who immigrated to the United States, mistook it as a boy’s entry in a book of baby names. They thought that they had discovered an appealingly Americanized version of Eren, a traditional Turkish name that means “saint.”
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“Silence,” Catholic Japan, and names

“Silence,” Catholic Japan, and names | Name News | Scoop.it
Here in Japan there is no tradition of giving a middle name, so it is common for parents to name the child a normal Japanese name, and then the child is given a Saint’s name at baptism.
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Name Story: Anna May Wong –

Name Story: Anna May Wong – | Name News | Scoop.it
Chinese-American movie star Anna May Wong was born “Wong Liu Tsong” in Los Angeles in 1905. Here’s what she had to say about her birth name in 1926: I was named Wong Lew Song, whi…
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Translating the Untranslatable: Proper Names in the Septuagint and in Jerome's Vulgate

Translating the Untranslatable: Proper Names in the Septuagint and in Jerome's Vulgate | Name News | Scoop.it
The lecture "Translating the Untranslatable: Proper Names in the Septuagint and in Jerome's Vulgate" may be attended at Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri) on February 18, 202
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Irish version of my name easily found on new handy app

Irish version of my name easily found on new handy app | Name News | Scoop.it
Have you always asked "what is my Irish name?" Generators have come and gone but this new Irish-language name app helps you find out exactly the answer to your query "what is the Irish version of my name!" Developed by Professor Kevin Scannel, this Irish name database is all you need to find your Irish-language name.
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30 English Baby Names That Can Be Said In Different Languages

30 English Baby Names That Can Be Said In Different Languages | Name News | Scoop.it
These names are perfect, no matter what language their parents and siblings will use to communicate with the newest addition to the family.
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Latin vs. Vernacular Forms, Part 1

Two common types of requests that we get are (1) how to construct hypothetical vernacular forms of names when our only evidence is Latin documentary forms, and (2) the other way around: How to construct a plausible Latinized form of a name in a vernacular. In this post, we provide some background for answering both of these questions in the form of some basic Latin grammar recap.

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Giancarlo, Juan Carlos, Jean-Charles

Giancarlo, Juan Carlos, Jean-Charles | Name News | Scoop.it
The above names are composed of the English equivalents of John and Charles. Its Italian form of Giancarlo is claimed to be one of the most common male names in Italy. Giancarlo has been in the U.S. Top 1000 since 1986. It peaked at #641 in 2008. As of 2016, it was the 986th most…
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Hausa-Speaking Northern Christian Names: An Onomastic Analysis

Hausa-Speaking Northern Christian Names: An Onomastic Analysis | Name News | Scoop.it
there are many Arabic-derived personal names in Hausa, the most Arabized ethnic group in Nigeria, that would be unrecognizable to Arabs. Names like Mamman (Muhammad), Lawan (Auwal), Shehu (Sheikh), etc would hardly make much sense to an Arab.”
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Polish & French Equivalents of the U.S. Top 1000 from 1880 and Beyond

There are some interesting names from the U.S. Top 1000 from yesteryear. Here are hypothetical Polish and French equivalents. Note, any name that is not listed that you know of is exactly because it exists. I focused on names that have no equivalents. What do you think? Can you think of better translations? This time…
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Prénoms Francisés féminins IV

My fourth installation of hypothetical French equivalents of names from around the world. What do you think? Do you have better suggestions? Lithuania Aïride (Airida) Aïstée (Aiste) Auchrinée/Ochrinée (Ausrine) Aucsée (Aukse) Austéa/Austée (Austeja) Charunée (Sarune) Daïne (Daina) Daïve (Daiva) Dovilée (Dovile) Églée (Egle) Élingue (Elinga) Gabie (Gabija) Ghiédrée (Giedre) Ghintarée (Gintare) Ghitée (Gyte) Godue (Goda) Gustée…
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Polonisations II

Here are more, based on names popular from all over the world, this is what their Polish counterparts would hypothetically look like. Australia Bilia Harieta Hazela/Leszczyna Imogena Indianna Belgium Aksela Aliksa Anajza Dżulieta Elifa Fina Inaja Inesa Katowa Lilowa Lota Manona Mariona Nela Zoja Canada BC Adżunia Alteja Amanata Amrina Arwena Asysa Awaja Awania Awena…
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Onomastics » Two literary onomastics projects

The below text is taken, with permission of the author, from the website of Martyna Gibka, a literary onomastician and assistant lecturer at the University of Szczecin. Martyna is looking for contributors for her two proposed projects, detailed below.
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Why Samsung’s name for its personal assistant may twist quite a few tongues

Why Samsung’s name for its personal assistant may twist quite a few tongues | Name News | Scoop.it
Samsung named its assistant “Bixby,” which is very difficult to say in some languages — including Korean.
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Found via the American Names Society.

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