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Buckminster Fuller was a prolific designer and inventor (among other things). The word he used over and over again to name his creations? Dymaxion.
Fuller’s Dymaxion innovations included:
- The Dymaxion House (affordable, transportable, maintenance-free)
- The Dymaxion Car (3 wheels, 11 seats, teardrop-shaped)
- The Dymaxion Map (which folded into an icosahedral globe)
- Dymaxion Sleep (awake for 6 hours, sleep for 1/2 hour, repeat)
“Dymaxion,” pronounced die-MAK-see-uhn, is a portmanteau of the words dynamic, maximum, and tension (though some sources say the last element is simply the word ion).
The word reminds me of modern male names like Jaxion, Dymond, Maxin, and Xavion. And the fact that it was coined makes me think of brand names that became baby names such as Qiana and Jordache.
“Dymaxion” is an eye-catching word, it has retrofuturistic associations, and it handily shortens to Max…so do you think it might make a good baby name?
Image: Adapted from Dymaxion House (LOC)
Every year about 1,000 new baby names are approved in Germany according to Gabriele Rodríguez, a member of the Namenberatungsstelle (Names Advisory Board) of the University of Leipzig in Saxony. She says immigration and parental creativity are the two driving forces behind this growing diversity.
The new names introduced by immigrant/refugee communities tend to be Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish and Persian. Rodríguez notes that over time some of these foreign names end up sounding rather ordinary. Jasmin, for example, is a Persian name so common in Germany that it’s now “perceived as a German name.”
The other new names are unusual selections submitted by native German parents. Some of these nontraditional names don’t make it through the vetting process — those that might cause a child embarrassment (like “Superman, Wikileaks, Woodruff”) are not approved — but many do end up on German birth certificates, including:
- Manjana (based on the Spanish word mañana, meaning “tomorrow”)
- Prinz-Gold (Prince Gold)
- Schnuckelpupine (schnukel means “sweetheart” or “darling” in German)
Source: Neue Namen braucht das Land