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New Baby Name Trend in the Congo

In the Congolese city of Mbandaka, inventive Christians are making baby names out of acronyms for religious expressions.

Here are a few examples:

  • Glotogo, based on “glory to God”
  • Jesovic, based on “Jesus our victory”
  • Thabetogo, based on “thanks be to God”
  • Thevogo, based on “the voice of God”
  • Wonplago, based on “wonderful plan of God”

What’s fueling the trend?

Parents worry that “using an ancestor’s name (the Congolese traditional way) or the name of someone who has done something bad could somehow influence their child’s character.”

Hence inventing a name gives the child a clean slate, and if the name is Bible-inspired, this can only bring him or her good luck.

There’s also “a sort of competition between parents to find the most imaginative and creative Bible-inspired acronym to name their newborns.”

(A competition? To find the most creative baby name? Why does that sound so familiar…can’t quite put my finger on it…)

It’s not always easy to use these names, though. Some parents have had problems registering their babies’ names with the government, which is “not so accepting” of the new trend.

[Random sampling of other acronym-names: Jejomar, Luvziminda, Dayesi, Ktyal, Anzac]

Source: OMG: A Bizarre New Way to Give Your Baby a Biblical Name

The Baby Name Anzac

ANZAC posterI didn’t know that Anzac Day existed until a few days ago, when I read about people named Anzac at the blog Waltzing More Than Matilda.

Anzac Day is celebrated in both Australia and New Zealand every April 25.

ANZAC stands for “Australian and New Zealand Army Corps” — the group of soldiers Australia and New Zealand sent to fight in WWI’s Gallipoli Campaign, which began on April 25, 1915.

The campaign failed, but the efforts of these soldiers gave the two fledgling nations a much-needed sense of identity, and pride.

As a baby name, “Anzac” has been used more often as a middle name than as a first name, and it’s given more often to boys than to girls.

Some WWI-era examples of the baby name Anzac include Anzac Gallipoli Claude (boy), Verdun Anzac Jane (girl), Dardandella Anzac (girl), Anzac Cavel Vardon (girl), Winston Anzac (boy), Maple Anzac (girl), William Anzac France (boy) and Clover Anzac (girl).

Not all people feel that Anzac is an appropriate baby name, though.

In 2004, Melbourne couple Reimana Pirika and Gaylene George (of New Zealand and Australia, respectively) decided to name their newborn son Anzac. This angered veterans, who saw it as improper use of the acronym.

Australian politician Danna Vale’s opinion was pretty interesting:

She said that after World War I some children were named Anzac in the “spirit of the times”.

“Over the passage of time views have changed, and I, too, encourage the family to consider the concerns of the ex-service community on the use of Anzac as a child’s name.”

Ms. Vale said she would speak to the RSL about action that could be taken to stop Anzac being used as a name.

Are certain baby names only appropriate in the “spirit of the times”? Do they become inappropriate after too many years/generations have elapsed? What do you think?

Source: “Veterans angry over baby named Anzac.” New Zealand Herald 7 Feb. 2004.
Image via the State Library of Queensland, Australia.