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On 14 February 2010, a Bolivian woman named Lourdes Mamani gave birth to a baby girl aboard a TAM flight several minutes before it touched down in La Paz.
What’s TAM? It’s the military airline (Transporte Aéreo Militar) run by the Bolivian air force (Fuerza Aérea Boliviana, or FAB).
In honor of TAM and the FAB, Lourdes named her daughter Tami Fabiola.
About a week after Tami Fabiola was born, she was baptized aboard the very same plane. (It was on the ground this time.) The chief of the air force was chosen as godfather.
The FAB will be giving Tami Fabiola an educational scholarship and free tickets for travel around Bolivia until she turns 21.
Sources: Baby Born on Flight Named After Airline, Bolivian baby born on plane to be baptized on same
A reader named Virginia is expecting a baby in September. For a boy, she’d selected the name Phineas. She liked “that it was unusual without being bizarre,” and that it started with ph. But now she’s not so sure about the name:
All was fine and dandy until I read an article about violence in the Bible. It vaguely mentioned Phineas as a name from the Bible used as a talisman by white supremacists. What!?!
That was a shock to me too. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Phineas Priesthood is “a violent credo of vengeance that has gained some popularity among white supremacists and other extremists in recent years.” I’d never heard of the Phineas Priesthood before–not even when Julia Roberts named her son Phinnaeus a few years ago.
Virginia doesn’t want to give up her favorite name, but she also “can’t live with such an association,” so she was hoping for some name suggestions. Other names she’s considering include Joel and Samuel (for boys) and Sigrid, Phoebe, Elisabeth, and Anne (for girls). All are family names.
First, a few thoughts:
- I doubt many people are aware that white supremacists use Phineas as a code word. It’s an odious association, but maybe it’s also obscure enough that it’s not worth worrying about…?
- I really like Sigrid and Phoebe–they’re both significant and unusual. Especially Sigrid. (Phoebe is being used more and more every year, so it might not be unusual for long.)
And now, name suggestions. Here are some unusual-but-not-bizarre boy names that I think Virginia might like:
And some girl names:
What other names would you suggest to Virginia? (And, what’s your take on the Phineas dilemma?)
Update: The baby has arrived! Click here to learn the baby’s name.
A reader named Claudia is expecting her first baby (gender unknown). She’s looking for a Latin or Italian baby name.
She mentions that her middle name is Elisabetta, the baby’s father is named Simon Edmond, and the baby’s surname will be a 2-syllable D-name similar to Downie.
Here are some names that I think might work:
Which of the above do you like best?
What other Latin and Italian names would you suggest to Claudia?
A reader named Reba e-mailed me a few days ago with this request:
I need a middle name to go with Julianne. My last name sounds like Mean.
Because the first name is long and the last name is short, I decided to focus on length and rhythm in the search for potential middles.
My first thought was that an amphibrachic name would sound particularly good:
Next, I liked 4-syllable names of various rhythms:
Finally, I thought an iambic name might work:
Do you like any of the above? What other names would you suggest?