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.
Which of these name combinations is your favorite?
I think I’d have to go with Married Young from the first + last list.
[P.S. For some of the above, I assumed the state where the person was issued a social security number was also the birth-state. I realize now that this isn’t always the case. Sorry about that. If you’ve found a mistake, feel free to correct me in the comments.]
In 2007, the most popular names in Brussels (the capital of both Belgium and the European Union) were:
Ayoub (58, tie)
Mehdi (58, tie)
Lina (94, tie)
Sarah (94, tie)
Rania (70, tie)
Sara (70, tie)
According to Brussel Nieuws.be, the number of births between 2002 and 2007 rose by 8.4% for boys and 9.2% for girls, but the total number of different names increased by 17.0% and 20.7%, respectively. Very interesting…
Yesterday I discovered the “Asian Name Pronunciation Guide,” which was created by California State Polytechnic University (Pomona) to help its students “more accurately pronounce some common Asian first and last names.” What a cool thing for the school to make available.