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In mathematics, π (pi) — the ratio of the diameter of a circle to its circumference — is a constant roughly equal to 3.14159. That means today, 3/14, is π day!
What baby names start with “Pi-“? There are a bunch, but only a handful start with that same “pie” sound:
Other names that start with “Pi-” but a different sound include:
What’s your favorite Pi- name?
In his book The American Language, H. L. Mencken mentioned a “woman professor in the Middle West [with] the given name of Eldarema, coined from those of her grandparents, Elkanah, Daniel, Rebecca and Mary.”
The woman he’s talking about did exist, but Mencken didn’t get her name quite right.
Elda Rema Walker was botany professor at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. And so was her sister — here they are, listed one after the other, in the University of Nebraska General Catalog for 1916-1917:
(Leva Belle’s names were also inspired by family — parents Levi and Isabel.)
So here’s the Elda Rema baby name formula:
- First name =
- First 2 letters of one grandfather’s name +
- First 2 letters of the other grandfather’s name
- Middle name =
- First 2 letters of one grandmother’s name +
- First 2 letters of the other grandmother’s name
Using the names of your parents and your partner’s parents, can you come up with any usable first + middle combos?
The best I can do is “Aujo Elhe.” Hopefully you can do better…
Source: H. L. Mencken. The American Language. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1921.
Roberto I (1848-1907) was the last sovereign Duke of Parma and Piacenza (which was a duchy that existed until 1859, when it joined Italy).
He married twice and had a total of 24 children.
With his first wife, Princess Maria Pia of the Two Sicilies, he had a dozen children:
- Marie Louise
- Louisa Maria
- Maria Immacolata
- Maria Teresa
- Maria Pia
- Maria Beatrice
- Elia (male)
- Maria Anastasia
- Augusto/Augusta (gender unknown)
After his first wife died during childbirth, Robert married his second wife, Infanta Maria Antonia of Portugal, and had a dozen more children:
- Maria della Neve Adelaide
- Maria Antonia
- Henrietta Anna
Which set of 12 do you like better?
Pia Zadora and her first husband, businessman Meshulam Riklis, welcomed a baby girl in early 1985. Their daughter was named Kady after the character Zadora played in the movie Butterfly (1982).
Source: “Pia Zadora Has Baby Girl.” Mohave Daily Miner 2 Jan. 1985: A12.
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If you were having a daughter, and you had to name her either Pia or Mia, which would it be?