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I’m fascinated by personal names that, out of context, don’t appear to be names at all. Especially when said names are created from everyday nouns and proper nouns — places, foods, animals, objects, brands, ideas, events, institutions, organizations, qualities, phenomena, and so forth.
My fascination kicked into high gear after I wrote about noun-names earlier this year. Ever since, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for noun-names.
So far, I’ve collected hundreds. But it’s going to take me a while to blog about all of them. In the meanwhile, I thought I’d list some of the strangest ones I’ve already talked about:
- Cape Cod
- Celerie (celery)
- Emancipation Proclamation
- Eiffel Tower
- Golden Palace
- Key West
- Legal Tender
- Opera House
- Soccer City
- Union Jack
- Vick Vaporup (Vicks VapoRub)
- Wilmot Proviso
Did I skip any good ones? Let me know in the comments!
- Sputnik, 10/4
- Nintendo, 10/22
- Annexation, 10/25
- Windchime, 11/9
- Oregon Territory, 11/22
- Gold Dust, 11/29
On July 6, a Syrian couple living in the United Arab Emirates welcomed their first baby.
They named the baby girl “Emirates” after their adopted home.
The father, Morad Al Arabi, said:
We have been living here for more than 18 years, and we really love the UAE. I love everything about this country in terms of the quality of life and the relationships we have made here. We have been living here happily, and this is our way to honour the country.
He also noted that family and friends were surprised by the name, but “they all have said that they appreciate that her name is very special.”
Nonetheless, the name has aroused suspicion online:
What do you think: Is this expat couple using their baby’s name to help them gain UAE citizenship? And, if yes, are they “shameless” for doing so?
Sources: Arab couple names their baby girl ‘Emirates’, Expat couple names baby after UAE