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The image below, of the Boulevard du Temple in Paris, was captured in early 1838 by Louis Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype.
It may be the earliest surviving photograph of a person. Two people, actually. Both are in the lower left:
Here’s a close-up:
The standing man is getting his shoe shined, and the other man (partially obscured) is doing the shoe-shining.
Of all the people on the sidewalk that day, these were the only two to stay still long enough (about 10 minutes) to be captured in the image.
Now for the fun part!
What would you name these two Frenchmen?
Let’s pretend you’re writing a book set in Paris in the 1830s, and these are two of your characters. What names would you give them?
Here’s a long list of traditional French male names, to get you started:
For some real-life inspiration, here are lists of famous 19th century and 20th century French people, courtesy of Wikipedia. Notice that many of the Frenchman have double-barreled, triple-barreled, even quadruple-barreled given names. (Daguerre himself was named Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre.)
Have you seen the headlines about Avianca Bohm? After being crowned Miss New Zealand several days ago, it was revealed that she isn’t officially a New Zealand citizen, just a New Zealand resident, so she shouldn’t have qualified to run in the first place. (She was born in South Africa.) I’m not sure what will happen to her title, but I was excited to see her name.
My first thought was, “I bet Avianca was born in 1990.” (Yes, I really thought that.)
I looked it up, and I was right!
How could I have known? Is it because I’m psychic? No, sadly — it’s because I remember that the baby name Avianca debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1990:
1995: not listed
1994: 5 baby girls named Avianca
1993: not listed
1992: not listed
1991: 5 baby girls named Avianca
1990: 18 baby girls named Avianca [debut]
1989: not listed
And how did I remember that? Well, the story behind the debut is hard to forget. It involves a drug lord, a soon-to-be president, and a deadly plane accident.
On November 27, 1989, a bomb aboard Avianca Airlines Flight 203 from Bogota, Colombia, to Cali, Colombia, was detonated minutes after takeoff. The plane went down in flames. Everyone on board (plus three people on the ground) were killed.
The bomb was planted by henchmen working for Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. The intended target was presidential candidate Cesar Gaviria. Gaviria wasn’t on the flight, though, and he did indeed go on to become the president of Colombia. Escobar, on the other hand, was killed by the Colombian National Police several years later.
The incident was all over the news, giving the word “Avianca” — an acronym for Aerovías del Continente Americano (translation: Airways of the American Continent) — quite a bit of exposure. This is what led to Avianca being used as a girl name on nearly 20 birth certificates in the U.S. the following year.
If Avianca Bohm keeps her crown and makes it to Miss Universe, I hope they skip all the questions about world peace and just ask her about her name. (Are you listening, Donald Trump?)