Four recent baby name stories out of Asia:
- Lee Kuan Yew: In March of 2015, a baby boy was born in India on the same day that Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, died. The baby was named Lee Kuan Yew.
- Sun Way: In September of 2015, a baby boy was born at the entrance to the Sunway Pyramid shopping mall in Malaysia. A month later, at his full moon celebration, he was named Sun Way.
- Frank Peters: In early 2016 (?), a baby boy born in Bangladesh was named Frank Peters Azad Ali after activist Sir Frank Peters, who has been working to end corporal punishment in Bangladeshi schools. This is the third Bangladeshi baby named in his honor; the first two were born in 2010 and 2013.
- Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck: In February of 2016, the prince of Bhutan was born. In April, at his naming ceremony, he was named Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck. Here’s how the King (whose name is Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck) explained the meaning behind each name:
Jigme means fearless. It symbolizes great courage to overcome any challenge that he may confront in future as he serves our country.
Namgyel means victorious in all directions and victory over all obstacles. It is a name taken from the revered Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, who enabled the Dharma to flourish in all directions as prophesied by Guru Rinpoche.
Wangchuck is the name of the royal lineage and dynasty.
Here’s an earlier “names in the news” post featuring baby names from India specifically.
Updated, 7/3/2016: Thank you to Frank Peters’ private secretary Joanne for sending me the photo of baby Frank Peters Azad Ali.
Sources: Dad in India names baby after Lee Kuan Yew, Sunway Pyramid baby named after mall, 3rd Bangladeshi baby named ‘Frank Peters’, Bhutan’s King and Queen Announce Name for Their Son, The Naming Ceremony of His Royal Highness