How popular is the baby name Jejomar in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Jejomar.
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
There are many unusual baby names to be found in the Philippines. Here are some examples:
- The name Luzviminda comes from the place names Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao (the three main island-groups of the Philippines) according to BBC reporter Sarah Toms.
- The sister-in-law of Manila Times writer Alito L. Malinao “heard the chirping of a bird” while she was in labor. Inspired by the sound, she named her daughter Twit-twit.
- The name of Makati City mayor Jejomar Binay is derived from the names of Jesus, Joseph and Mary. (Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion in the Philippines.)
- The first name of Senator Joker Arroyo “derives from his father’s fondness for card playing,” according to Time Magazine writer Howard G. Chua-Eoan. (Joker also has a brother named Jack.)
A number of South American countries are also known for unique baby names.
Source: Malinao, Alito L. “Names.” Manila Times 23 Oct. 2007: A5.