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Soviet-Inspired Baby Names in India

Moscow isn’t just a city in Russia. It’s also a village in Kerala, India. Communist supporters changed the village name in the 1950s.

Many babies born in the state of Kerala — especially those born during the Cold War decades — were given Soviet-inspired names as well. Some examples:


One man named Gagarin was born the same year as Yuri Gagarin’s famous flight. He said “his name inspired him to a keen interest in astronomy.”

Another, named Pushkin, works as a bank employee. He said his named embarrassed him as a child:

His friends had names like Sathish, Unni and Ramesh.

“It was only later that I realised the importance of having such a name,” he says.

“None of the 25,000 in my bank has a non-Indian name. I am well known because of this name.”

Names like these are rare nowadays, but “[m]any still name their sons after Lenin.”

Source: Raman, Sunil. “Stalin and Lenins reunite in India.” BBC News 1 Nov. 2005.

Baby Names in Venezuela: Hitler, Darwin, Elvis

Many Venezuelan parents aren’t afraid to take chances with their children’s names, according to a recent NYT article. Baby names in Venezuela have been inspired by politics (Lenin, Mao & Nixon), places (Taj-Mahal & Iroshima), and pure imagination (Yusneidi & Owinch).

Names like these started becoming popular several decades ago, right around the time of Venezuela’s oil boom. The attraction to odd names might be related to class, the author implied. He noted that many government officials now serving under president Hugo Chávez have “colorful” names.

Source: Romero, Simon. “Venezuelan Parents Love a Famous Name.” New York Times 7 Jan. 2007.