Kanasia, a 66-year-old from Minnesota, likes her unusual name.
She was born during a snow storm, so her parents chose the name Kanasia because they believed it meant “storm” in the Dakota language.
(I checked the University of Minnesota’s Dakota Dictionary for any words like Kanasia. The closest I could find was kana, which means “those, them over there.” The word for “storm” is içamna [pron. ee-CHAH-men-ah] and the word for “snow” is wa.)
The name Kanasia has always been very rare in the U.S. In 2011, only seven baby girls were named Kanasia.
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