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The Gosiutes (or Goshutes) are a Shoshonean-speaking Native American group that traditionally lived in the Great Basin region of Utah.
In the early 1900s, Utah-based academic Ralph V. Chamberlin (1879-1967) collected dozens of Gosiute personal names. According to his research, the names fell into several categories:
Names that referred to physical appearance
Names that referred to “peculiarity of manner or conduct or to some marked personal habit”
Names taken from places, materials, or objects
Names taken from animals
Names “taken from other Indian tongues and…also from English”
He also noted that the “same person frequently receives several [names] in the course of his life”:
The name borne in childhood perhaps in most cases is changed in later life; while the name of an adult may be suspended or used interchangeably with another given in consequence of some newly acquired characteristic or of some event of importance in his life.
Here are most of the Gosiute names Chamberlin mentioned in a speech he gave in early 1912:
Ai’ba-pa – “clay water” (from the name of a local stream)
Äñ’ka-bi-pi-dûp – “ghost”
An’tsi – “a barren flat”
A’pam-pi – “horn head” (for a chief; it referred to the chief’s headdress)
An’tsi – “a flat without grass”
Dsa’kûp – “broken”
Gwa’na-se – “sand”
Ham’bu-i – “blind eye”
Hoi – “chipmunk”
Ǐ’ca-gwaim-no-dsûp – “back apparently broken” (for a boy with a spinal curvature)
Kûm’o-rûp – “rabbit ears” (for a boy with conspicuous ears)
Kun – “fire”
Man’tsi-rǐtc – “to hold the hands in the supine position” (for a woman who often held her hands this way)
Ma’ro-pai – “fighter”
Mo’ro-wǐntc – from root words meaning “nose” and “to pull or draw up” (for a woman who often turned up her nose)
Mu’nai – “moon”
Mûts’ěm-ti-a – “mountain sheep”
Mû’tsûmp – “mustache” (for a girl with hair on her upper lip)
Nam’pa-cu-a – “foot dragger” (for a man with a wooden foot)
Nan’nan-tci (male) or Na’na-vi (female) – “to grow up tall”
No’wi-ûp – “camp mover”
Oi’tcu – “bird”
Pai’yä-nuk – “laughing water” (for a woman with a happy disposition)
Pa’ri-gwǐ-tsûp – “mud”
Pa’so-go – “swampy ground”
Pa’wi-noi-tsi – from root words meaning “water” and “to travel or ride” (for “a man spoken of in tradition as having a very long time ago built a vessel and navigated the Great Salt Lake”)
Pi’a-waip – “big woman”
Pǐ’dji-bu-i – based on bi’dji, “mammae” (for a girl with “precociously developed mammae”)
Pǐn’ji-rû – from the name of a bird
Po’go-nûp – “black currant”
Pu’i-dja – from the English word “pudgy”
Ta’bi – “sun”
Ta’di-en – from the English word “Italian” (for a boy thought to resemble an Italian)
Tai’bo-hûm – based on tai’bo, “white person” (for a boy who was a favorite of the white people)
Toip – “pipe” (for a man who always smoked a particular pipe)
Tu’gan – “night, darkness”
Tu’o-ba – “dark water”
Tu’o-bai – from root words meaning “dark” and “abounding in” (for a woman with an unpleasant disposition)
Wa-da’tsi – “bitter”
Wǐ’ni – from the English name Winnie
Wu’dǐ-tci – “black bear”
Ya’ki-kǐn – “to cry” (for a woman who often wept over her dead relatives)
He also mentioned boy-girl twins named Sa’gûp and Pi’o-ra — the first name referring to the willow tree, the second referring to the sweet-pea, “which lives among and climbs upon the willows, the two names being selected because of this association.”
In June of 1982, the Toledo Blade ran a short article about two local brothers who “enjoy the distinction of having initials which spell their names.” One was Thomas Owen Matzinger (T.O.M.), the other was James Irvin Matzinger (J.I.M.). Their dad Mike said it was “just as well” that he didn’t have any more kids, because he couldn’t think of any other sets of names to fit the pattern.
My guess is that Mike was joking, because there are several other sets of initials that could work with an M-surname like Matzinger, one of which, T.I.M., is just a letter away from T.O.M.
In fact, there are at least a couple of combinations that would work with every type of surname.
So today, in honor of the Matzingers of Toledo, I’ve come up with a long list of name-spelling initials. They’re sorted by third initial (that is, the first letter of the last name) so you can scroll straight to the set that matches up with your own surname.
Initials that Spell Names & Nicknames
Surname starts with:
Potential full initials (& example combo):
A.D.A. (Adelaide Diane A.) A.N.A. (Anastasia Nadine A.) A.S.A. (Asa Scott A.) A.V.A. (Ava Virginia A.) B.E.A. (Beatrix Elaine A.) E.V.A. (Eva Veronica A.) G.I.A. (Gia Idonea A.) I.D.A. (Idabelle Daria A.) I.N.A. (Ina Nigella A.) I.R.A. (Ira Ralph A.) I.S.A. (Isabel Simone A.) K.I.A. (Kia Ianthe A.) L.E.A. (Leah Elizabeth A.) M.I.A. (Mia Imelda A.) N.I.A. (Nia Ilona A.) O.D.A. (Odalys Delfina A.) O.R.A. (Ora Ruth A.) U.M.A. (Uma Magnolia A.) U.N.A. (Una Normina A.)
D.E.B. (Deborah Ethel B.) J.E.B. (Jeb Evan B.) L.I.B. (Libbie Ione B.) R.O.B. (Robert Orville B.) S.E.B. (Sebastian Everly B.) S.Y.B. (Sybil Yvette B.) T.A.B. (Tabitha Araminta B.) Z.E.B. (Zebulon Ezekiel B.)
B.E.C. (Becky Eowyn C.) M.A.C. (Mackenzie Anne C.) N.I.C. (Nicole Isabelle C.) V.I.C. (Victor Ivan C.) Z.A.C. (Zackary Arlo C.)
J.E.D. (Jedidiah Easton D.) R.O.D. (Rodney Orrin D.) T.E.D. (Theodora Eugenia D.) Z.E.D. (Zedekiah Ezra D.)
A.B.E. (Abraham Benjamin E.) A.C.E. (Ace Corbin E.) E.V.E. (Eve Violet E.) F.A.E. (Fae Adina E.) I.K.E. (Isaac Keith E.) J.O.E. (Joseph Owen E.) L.E.E. (Lee Ethan E.) M.A.E. (Maebelle Alice E.) M.O.E. (Morris Oscar E.) R.A.E. (Raelene Alicia E.) S.U.E. (Susan Ursula E.) Z.O.E. (Zoe Ocean E.)
C.A.L. (Callum Audley L.) D.E.L. (Delaney Estelle L.) G.I.L. (Gilbert Ishmael L.) H.A.L. (Harry Archibald L.) L.I.L. (Lillian Iva L.) M.A.L. (Malcolm Angus L.) M.E.L. (Melanie Eloisa L.) M.O.L. (Molly Odette L.) S.A.L. (Sally Angelica L.) S.O.L. (Solomon Osborn L.) V.A.L. (Valerie Annette L.) W.I.L. (Willy Ingo L.) Z.E.L. (Zelda Erin L.)
C.A.M. (Cameron Aidan M.) D.O.M. (Dominic Orson M.) J.E.M. (Jemima Eleanor M.) J.I.M. (James Irvin M.) K.I.M. (Kimberly Imogene M.) L.E.M. (Lemuel Emerson M.) P.A.M. (Pamela Alys M.) R.A.M. (Ramsey Archer M.) S.A.M. (Samuel Aaron M.) S.I.M. (Simon Isidore M.) T.A.M. (Tammy Anita M.) T.I.M. (Timothy Isaac M.) T.O.M. (Thomas Owen M.)
B.A.X. (Baxter Andrew X.) D.A.X. (Dax Alec X.) D.E.X. (Dexter Edison X.) J.A.X. (Jaxon Antony X.) L.E.X. (Lexie Eliza X.) M.A.X. (Maximus Alvin X.) P.A.X. (Pax Amelia X.) R.E.X. (Rex Elias X.) R.O.X. (Roxanna Opal X.) T.E.X. (Tex Emmanuel X.)
A.M.Y. (Amy Michelle Y.) G.U.Y. (Guy Urban Y.) I.V.Y. (Ivy Verity Y.) J.A.Y. (Jay Adam Y.) J.O.Y. (Joyce Ondina Y.) K.A.Y. (Katherine Addison Y.) M.A.Y. (May Augusta Y.) R.A.Y. (Raymond Adrian Y.) R.O.Y. (Royce Oberon Y.) S.K.Y. (Skylar Kerry Y.)
A couple of weeks ago, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in dramatic fashion (with a score of 8-7 in the 10th inning of the 7th game).
So will we see a rise in the number of babies with Cubs-inspired names (like Wrigley) this year? Probably! Here are some recent examples:
Wrigley – Katie Stam Irk (a former Miss America) and her husband Brian welcomed a baby boy several days before the final game of the series. After the Cubs emerged victorious, they named the baby Wrigley Oliver.
Wrigley – “Bachelorette” couple Chris Siegfried (a former Chicago Cubs relief pitcher) and his wife Desiree welcomed a baby boy in October and named him Asher Wrigley.
Faith Victory – Chicago parents Jason and Kristy Amato welcomed a baby girl in October and named her Faith Victory.
Clark and Addison – Cubs fans Scott and Amber McFarland welcomed boy-girl twins in late June and named them Clark (son) and Addison (daughter), “after the iconic intersection outside Wrigley Field.”
The names Clark and Addison were also given to a pair of male-female red panda cubs born at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo last year.
And here’s the most impressive set of Cubs-babies I’ve seen so far: A generation ago, Cubs fanatics Julie and Ralph Dynek named their five children Addison (son), Clark (son), Sheffield (son), Grace Waveland (daughter), and Ivy Marie Wrigley Diamond (daughter). The first four were named after the four streets that surround Wrigley Field, and the fifth was named after the field’s famous ivy-covered brick outfield wall.
And don’t forget this 2007 baby named Wrigley Fields. (Visitors who commented on that post mentioned three more Wrigleys, an Addison, and a Clark.)
Have you encountered any other Cubs-inspired baby names lately, either in the news or in real life?