Brazilian Boy Named for French Soccer Players

France was eliminated in quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup last week, right around the time news of a 7-year-old Brazilian boy with a unique World Cup-inspired name made headlines.

Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Hanry Bapthez Eric Felipe

Despite the fact that France beat Brazil in the 2006 World Cup, Petrucio Dos Santos of Brazil decided to name his son, born in October of that year, Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Hanry Bapthez Eric Felipe Silva Santos. (Silva Santos is the family name.)

[T]he boy’s father said he decided to pay tribute to three of the team’s stars: Barthez, Zidane, and Henry. The name Eric is a tribute to French forward and Manchester United legend Eric Cantona while Felipe pays homage to Brazil’s manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Why pay tribute to the French team? Petrucio said he became fond of France after visiting the country and being “captivated by the kindness” of the people there.

Young Zinedine doesn’t care for his long name, though. So far he’s only managed to memorize a portion of it. He wishes he’d been named after Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo instead, he said.

(Other World Cup-inspired baby names I’ve blogged about: Fifa, Rahn, Soccer City & more.)

Sources: Il appelle son fils “Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Hanry Barthez Eric Felipe”, #WorldCup: He’s Got The Whole Team In His Name

Polish Triplets Named for John Paul II

Pope John Paul II, the first Polish Pope in history, died on April 2, 2005.

Days later, Janusz and Kinga Adamiec of Poland welcomed triplets — three boys.

The boys, born in the southern town of Bytom, were named Jan, Pawel and Karol, the Polish versions of John, Paul and the Pope’s first name, Karol.

Another Polish baby born that week “in an ambulance outside the bishops’ palace in Krakow — where the Pope had lived and worked” and named Karol.

Source: Polish triplets named after Pope

2 Babies Named Joslin After Joslin Diabetes Center

On June 27, a long-time Joslin Diabetes Center patient gave birth to a baby girl.

The baby’s name? Joslin Marie.

“I decided to name my daughter Joslin because of the care I received at Joslin,” explained Elizabeth. “More specifically because of one appointment I had with Dr. Eyiuche Okeke. When I was about 21 years old I had a regular, routine appointment and at that point, my diabetes was so out of control.

“With an A1C of 10 or 11, Dr. Okeke flat out told me ‘if you were to get pregnant right now, your baby would have a 65 to 80 percent chance of having birth defects.’ Being a young adult, I knew that I always wanted to have children. I couldn’t help but cry that day, but more importantly, reevaluate my lifestyle,” she said.

And that’s not all — I know of another baby named Joslin after the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Hannah Joslin Fascione was born to Lorraine Fascione of Newington, CT, in March of 2000. Lorraine, who suffered from gestational diabetes, was treated at a Joslin-affiliated diabetes center in Connecticut.

So where did the Joslin Diabetes Center get its name? The Boston-based organization grew out of the private practice of Dr. Elliott P. Joslin (1869-1962), the first U.S. doctor to specialize in diabetes.

And where does the surname Joslin come from? It was originally a personal name, brought to England by the Normans in the 11th century. Early spelling variants include Goscelin, Gosselin and Joscelin.

In most cases, Joslin can be traced back to the Germanic name Gauzelin, which was a pet form of Germanic names that included the name element Gaut (of unknown meaning).

In other cases, Joslin was a pet form of the Old French name Josse, a version of the Breton name Iodoc/Jodoc, which was based on the Breton word iudh, meaning “lord.”

Do you like the name Joslin?


S. Korean Baby Born in N. Korea, Named “One People”

In late 2005, thousands of South Korean tourists traveled to North Korea to watch games and performances marking the 60th anniversary of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party.

The celebrations “were blatantly designed to tug at the heartstrings of South Koreans.”

One South Korean woman, Hwang Seon, went into labor while watching “child gymnasts tumbling in unison across the field of Kim Il Sung Stadium in a performance heralding the miracle of the North Korean economy.”

She was rushed to Pyongyang’s maternity hospital, where she delivered a baby girl on October 10. The baby was the first ever to be born in North Korea as a South Korean citizen.

Her birth was “hailed as a mystical sign that the half-century long division of the Korean peninsula is coming to an end.”

North Korea suggested the baby name Tongil, meaning “reunification.” But the parents thought that sounded like a boy name. Instead, they selected Kyoreh, meaning “one people.”

Source: Demick, Barbara. “‘Unification Baby’ Seen as Omen by N. Koreans.” Los Angeles Times 20 Nov. 2005.

Another Baby Named for a Missile

Last week’s post on the name Fajr, inspired by the Fajr-5 rocket, reminded me of another baby named for an Iranian rocket.

This baby was born in Sidon, Lebanon, during the 36-day Israel–Hezbollah War (July 12 to August 14, 2006).

His parents, Mohammed al-Khaled and Kawkab al-Akli, named him Raad after the long-range Iranian missile Raad, which the Lebanon-based Shiite militant group Hezbullah was firing into Israel at the time.

The name was chosen “to honor the resistance, and (its leader) Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah,” said al-Khaled.

Raad means “thunder” in Persian.

Source: Raad is Born, Not the Long-Range Missile but a Newborn Baby