How popular is the baby name Anderson in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Anderson.
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The LA Times published an interesting article on Brazilian baby names several years ago (1999). Here are some highlights:
Brazilian parents who like creative spellings tend to gravitate toward the letters K, W and Y because — at the time the article was written — these letters were not technically part of Brazilian Portuguese.
[In 2009, Brazil enacted spelling reforms that officially added K, W and Y to the alphabet. I’m not sure if this has made them any less desirable for baby names.]
Examples of creative spellings: Tayane (Diana), Kerolyne (Carolina).
Sometimes, parents choose names inspired by Jogo do Bicho (“the animal game” or “the animal lottery”). This is “a kind of urban numbers game based on superstitions that imbue animals and dates with good luck.”
Example of an animal lottery name: Antonio Treze de Junio de Mil Novecentos e Dezesette (June 13, 1917).
There are distinct class differences when it comes to naming:
In Rio’s favelas (slums), “Edson, Robson, Anderson and Washington are favorite first names […] partly because of the percussive “on” sound and partly because American-sounding names are seen as cool and classy.”
Many lower-middle-class parents go for more elaborate names. The Rio registrar explaining these class differences said that, “[b]y seeking status, some cross the line into silliness.” He gave examples like Siddartha, Michael Jackson, Concetta Trombetta Diletta and Marafona (synonym for prostitute).
Many wealthy and upwardly mobile parents stick to simple, classic names.
“Brazilian law forbids names that could expose children to ridicule,” but the law is rarely enforced. For instance, the following made it through…
Antonio Morrendo das Dores (Dying of Pain)
Barrigudinha (Little-Bellied Girl)
Colapso Cardiaco (Cardiac Collapse)
Flavio Cavalcanti Rei da Televisao (King of Television)
Welfare (He said he was named after his father. “My grandfather’s name was Moacir, which in the Tupi Guarani indigenous language means Bad Omen. So he named my father Welfare, because it meant well-being, which was the opposite. And there was a famous English soccer player in Sao Paulo named Harry Welfare.”)
Do you know anyone from Brazil with an interesting name or name story?
Sure, a rose by just any other name would not smell as sweet. But what if the name were as cool as “Madame Azélie Imbert” or “Victor Emmanuel”?
Other intriguing rose names I found in the EveryRose.com database include:
Fraulein Octavia Hesse
Ghislaine de Feligonde
Hawaiian Queen Martha
Jan and Rick
Mrs Erskine Pembroke Thom
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably now wondering: So how can I name a cultivar of my very own?
Well, just grab your credit card and get in touch with a company that hybridizes roses. Some charge as little as several thousand dollars; others ask for as much as $75,000 to name a rose.
If you don’t have that kind of money lying around, and you happen to live in British Columbia, you may be able to name a rose for free. Just submit a name to the GardenWise Name a Rose contest before the end of August.