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Krosuri Veera Raghava Chary of Andhra Pradesh, India, was both a space-lover and a devoted communist highly opposed to India’s caste system.
So he gave all five of his children, born from the 1960s to the 1980s, space-themed names that were so unconventional that they made it impossible to determine the family’s caste.
Here they are, in order:
- Spaceship (boy), named after the USSR’s first Soyuz spacecraft, launched in 1966.
- Viking-II (girl), named after the NASA spacecraft Viking 2, launched in 1975.
- Fusion (boy), whose name may have been inspired by the fact that “stars are powered by nuclear fusion in their cores.”
- Space Shuttle (boy), named after NASA’s Space Shuttle system, which began with test flights in 1981.
- Space Shuttle later named one of his children, a boy, Space Shuttle Bulldozer.
- Space Shuttle Challenger (boy), named after NASA’s ill-fated Space Shuttle Challenger, launched in 1986.
Chary also named two of his grandchildren, Quasar and Sagan.
The Chary family reminds me of the Subatomic Particle Siblings. Its also reminds me of the folks named Skylab, Sputnik and Antares.
Related question: What do you think the first space baby should be named?
Source: To beat caste system, Communist leader named his children after spaceships, celestial bodies (via American Name Society)
The recent news about the Icelandic girl named Blær reminds me…
Did you know that the Mannanafnanefnd, Iceland’s Personal Names Committee, puts its baby name rulings online? Every acceptance and rejection going back to 2001 is available.
One particularly interesting ruling is the split decision that happened in late 2008 over the name Skallagrímur, which was ultimately rejected.
But the Mannanafnanefnd’s rulings are in Icelandic, and if you don’t read Icelandic, well, they’re a bit hard to make out. :) So, to make it easier, here are current lists of Iceland’s approved and rejected baby names:
- Approved boy names include Dagmann, Gunnar, Krummi, Rasmus, Sigurkarl & Yngvi
- Approved girl names include Baldvina, Freyja, Hrafntinna, Otkatla, Tristana & Vala
- Approved middle names include Austdal, Finndal, Gnurr, Öxdal, Storm & Víking
- Rejected names (boys, girls & middles) include Ben, Dominic, Harriet, Jennifer, Liam & Yasmin
Over 1,700 boy names and over 1,800 girl names have been given the Iceland’s stamp of approval so far.
Sources: I ain’t the only one who loves names!, Icelandic Name Committee Reaches Rare Split Decision
UPDATED, 7/9/14 – The government of Iceland now has a separate website for approved and rejected baby names. I’ve just updated all the links.