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More bizarre baby names from Cuba! These come from a recent BBC article by Sarah Rainsford.
- Dansisy – based on the English word dance
- Daneisys – combination of Daniel and Deisy
- Dayesi – “yes” in three languages: Russian (da), English (yes) and Spanish (si)
- Meylin – from “the canned meat we Cubans used to get on our ration card”
- Noslenis – Nelson backwards
- Oldanier – Reinaldo backwards
- Yaniel – based on Daniel
- Zulkary – from “a long-forgotten foreign soap opera”
The explanation for Dayesi also solves the mystery of Widayesi, which we saw in the last batch of Cuban names. Widayesi must be “yes” in four languages: French (oui), Russian (da), English (yes) and Spanish (si).
Rainsford’s theory is that creative names were a way for Cubans “to be different in a country where the state controlled everything from education to diet.”
Perhaps it was a small assertion of autonomy, or an attempt to cling to some Caribbean colour in an increasingly uniform, communist world.
Sounds plausible to me, though it doesn’t explain why invented names became trendy in so many other Latin American countries (e.g., Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Honduras, Puerto Rico) during the same period.
This makes me very curious to know which Latin American country was the first to have a reputation for crazy baby names. I wonder if it’s possible to pinpoint where/when the inventiveness began…?
Some imaginative baby names that have been bestowed in Cuba in the last few decades:
- Adianez – Zenaida backwards
- Ailed – Delia backwards
- Boris – from the foreign name trend
- Danyer – from the English word “danger”
- Geyne – combination of Geronimo and Nelly
- Hanoi – geographical term
- Katia – from the foreign name trend
- Leydi – from the English word “lady”
- Maivi – from the English word “maybe”
- Mayren – combination of Mayra and Rene
- Migdisray – combination of Migdalia and Raymundo
- Odlanier – Reinaldo backwards
- Olnavy – from “Old Navy”
- Orazal – Lazaro backwards
- Robelkis – combination of Roberto and Belkis
- Tatiana – from the foreign name trend
- Usnavi – from “U.S. Navy”
- Yadel – from the y-name trend
- Yakarta – geographical term (from Jakarta)
- Yamisel – from the y-name trend
- Yander – from the y-name trend
- Yaneymi – combination of Yanet and Mijail
- Yanisey – from the y-name trend
- Yasnaya – geographical term (maybe from Yasnaya Polyana?)
- Yirmara – from the y-name trend
- Yoanni – from the y-name trend
- Yoelkis – from the y-name trend
- Yohendry – from the y-name trend
- Yolaide – from the y-name trend
- Yordanka – from the foreign name trend
- Yosbel – from the y-name trend
- Yotuel – from the Spanish words “yo, tu, el” (I, you, he)
- Yovel – from the y-name trend
- Yulieski – from the y-name trend
- Yumara – from the y-name trend
- Yumilsis – from the y-name trend
- Yunier – from the y-name trend
- Yuri – from the foreign name trend
- Yuset – from the y-name trend
I harvested all of these from yesterday’s Julio or Juliabe? Inventing Baby Names Popular in Cuba — an article that shouldn’t surprise any of us, as we’ve been discussing imaginative Latin American names for a while now. Here are two posts about Cuba specifically: Y-name Generation, Hiroshima & Nagasaki.