after former Argentine soccer player Ricardo Gareca, who now manages Peru’s national team
Mark Zuckerberg (2)
Bo-derek (1) + Boderek (1)
Finally, Peru has put together several cool online booklets (PDFs) highlighting the names and naming practices of various indigenous groups within the country, so here’s a sampling of names from each of the booklets…
Phuyo, “bird feather”
Qhispi, “quartz, rock crystal, transparent object, mirror”
Thalutari, “calming, lulling”
Chabaka, species of toucan
Kamore, “galaxy, milky way”
Sabaro, species of parrot
Yonamine, “act of looking at you”
Esámat, “heal the wound”
Nanchíjam, “little bird that eats rice”
Púmpuk, owl species
Tíi, “hard as stone” (implies stoicism)
Kukiri, “pigeon, dove”
Nup’i, “the heat that is received from the sun’s rays”
I’ve never posted rankings for Albania before, so even though these are out-of-date — even more so than the Iowa rankings from earlier this week — I figured it would be better to have one set as opposed to nothing at all. :)
According to Albania’s Institute of Statistics (INSTAT), the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were Amelia and Noel.
Here are Albania’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:
Amelia, 499 baby girls
Aria, 182 (tie)
Amelja, 182 (tie)
Melisa, 114 (tie)
Amaris, 114 (tie)
Noel, 402 baby boys
Luis, 115 (tie)
Roel, 115 (tie)
The following names didn’t make Albania’s top 10, but did rank #1 in at least one Albanian municipality:
An article about Albanian baby names published several years ago mentioned that, in 2014, none of the top ten names of either gender were of Albanian origin. University of Tirana sociology professor Edmond Dragoti argued that the trendiness of foreign names could be traced back to the fall of communism in Albania because, during the communist era, such names had been banned. He explained:
All the frustration about [parents] not being able to name their children as they wished exploded after the 1990s, when Albania opened up. The unlimited and uncontrolled new freedom quickly surpassed the need for a national identity.
“142” boy names: Huntington, Konstantine, Naetochukwu, Iyanuoluwa, Marquavius
7 via 151
The following baby names add up to 151, which reduces to seven (1+5+1=7).
“151” girl names: Montserrath, Victorious
7 via 160
The boy name Arinzechukwu adds up to 160, which reduces to seven (1+6+0=7).
7 via 169
The boy name Somtochukwu adds up to 169, which reduces to seven (1+6+9=16; 1+6=7).
What Does “7” Mean?
First, we’ll look at the significance assigned to “7” by two different numerological sources. Second, and more importantly, ask yourself if “7” or any of the intermediate numbers above have any special significance to you.
“7” (the heptad) according to the Pythagoreans: …
“Since everything comes together and is distinguished by coincidence and in a critical manner at the place of the hebdomad [group of seven], they called it ‘critical time’ and ‘Chance,’ and custom has entrenched the habit of saying ‘critical time and Chance’ together.”
“Many things, both in the heavens of the universe and on the Earth – celestial bodies and creatures and plants – are in fact brought to completion by it. And that is why it is called ‘Chance,’ because it accompanies everything which happens, and ‘critical time,’ because it has gained the most critical position and nature.”
“It is also called ‘that which brings completion,’ for seven-month children are viable.”
“Everything is fond of sevens.”
“It is called ‘forager’ because its structure has been collected and gathered together in a manner resembling unity, since it is altogether indissoluble, except into something which has the same denominator as itself”
“7” according to Edgar Cayce:
“Seven is the spiritual number” (reading 261-15).
“As does seven signify the spiritual forces, as are seen in all the ritualistic orders of any nature” (reading 5751-1).
Does “7” — or do any of the other numbers above (e.g., 25, 43, 88, 151) — have any special significance to you?
Think about your own preferences and personal experiences: lucky numbers, birth dates, music, sports, and so on. Maybe you like how “88” reminds you of piano keys, for example.
Also think about associations you may have picked up from your culture, your religion, or society in general.
If you have any interesting insights about the number 7, or any of the other numbers above, please leave a comment!
Source: Theologumena Arithmeticae, attributed to Iamblichus (c.250-c.330).
Some of my favorite saints — St. Therese, St. Francis, St. Faustina and St. Bruno — are commemorated in early October. So it seems fitting to me that five new saints would be canonized right around this time of year. (Next weekend, to be precise.) The five blesseds in question are:
Bl. Jozef de Veuster, a.k.a. Father Damien (1840-1889) of Belgium and, later, Molokai.
Bl. Rafael Arnáiz Barón (1911-1938) of Spain.
Bl. Jeanne Jugan, a.k.a. Mary of the Cross (1792-1879) of France.
Bl. Zygmunt Szczesny Felinski (1822-1895) of Poland.
Bl. Francisco Coll y Guitart (1812-1875) of Spain.
And this is actually the second batch of saints for 2009. The first group, canonized in April, consisted of:
St. Arcangelo Tadini (1846-1912) of Italy.
St. Bernardo Tolomei (1272-1348) of Italy.
St. Caterina Volpicelli (1839-1894) of Italy.
St. Gertrude Comensoli (1847-1903) of Italy.
St. Nuno Álvares Pereira (1360-1431) of Portugal.
As far as saint names go, I believe Nuno is a brand new one. There are Bernardos and Gertrudes and Jeannes and Rafaels, but no Nunos. Behind the Name suggests that Nuno is derived from the Latin word nonus, meaning ninth. Wikipedia, on the other hand, lists other sources such as the Latin word nonnus, meaning monk or tutor.
A reader named Tamara is expecting a baby boy in May. She writes:
We are a bi-racial couple…he is Mexican and I am American (white), and are looking for a Spanish name for our little boy. Unfortunately, I don’t LOVE a lot of the Hispanic boy names, and we are having some trouble finding the perfect name.
So far, she and her fiance Oscar like the names Tiago and Gabriel…but here are the issues:
We need a good middle name to go with Tiago. And we haven’t gotten a lot of positive feedback on the name. And I feel like Gabriel is overused and doesn’t hold its own when paired with our daughter’s name, Nadia. And the two names don’t exactly flow well together, so pairing them up isn’t an option for us. Any suggestions? Middle names for Tiago? Or just different first names all together?
Here are some thoughts on Tiago and Gabriel:
Nicknames (e.g. Benji, Topher, Xander) sometimes loose their charm when used as stand-alone names, so people might like Tiago more if it were a nickname for Santiago. Santiago is currently ranked 200th, but I don’t think it will rise too much higher.
How about Diego? It’s not as hip as Tiago…but it’s got a similar sound, and, because it’s more familiar, it’ll probably get better feedback. In terms of popularity, Diego seems to be plateauing just outside the top 50.
I think Gabriel sounds fantastic with Nadia, personally. But it’s become popular recently (i.e. over 10,000 babies have been named Gabriel every year since 2001) and my hunch is that it will remain popular for a while to come. So I can understand wanting to avoid it for that reason.
Let’s see, middle names for Tiago…I think iambic names like Ramón, Raúl and Noé sound good after Tiago. I also like longer middles (e.g. Antonio, Mauricio).
Here are a few other ideas for first names:
Armando Arturo Elías Iván
Lorenzo (Enzo) Marcelo Mateo Rafael
Renato Silvio Ulises Víctor
What other advice/suggestions would you offer Tamara?