The historical epic El Cid opened in movie theaters in December of 1961.
The movie was a romanticized version of the tale of 11th-century Spanish knight Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, who came to be known as El Cid — from the Spanish-Arabic term al-sid, meaning “the lord” — during his lifetime.
El Cid starred Charlton Heston as Rodrigo, and Sophia Loren as Rodrigo’s wife Chimène (pronounced shee-mehn). El Cid’s wife was actually named Jimena (sometimes spelled Ximena); for some reason, the filmmakers decided to use the French form of the name for the character, though they didn’t similarly turn “Rodrigo” into “Rodrigue.”
The following year, three El Cid-inspired baby names popped up for the first time in the U.S. baby name data:
“140” boy names: Dontavious, Markanthony, Fitzwilliam, Prometheus
5 via 149
The boy name Montavious adds up to 149, which reduces to five (1+4+9=14; 1+4=5).
What Does “5” Mean?
First, we’ll look at the significance assigned to “5” by two different numerological sources. Second, and more importantly, ask yourself if “5” or any of the intermediate numbers above have any special significance to you.
“5” (the pentad) according to the Pythagoreans:
“They called the pentad ‘lack of strife,’ not only because aether, the fifth element, which is set apart on its own, remains unchanging, while there is strife and change among the things under it, from the moon to the Earth, but also because the primary two different and dissimilar kinds of number, even and odd, are as it were reconciled and knitted together by the pentad”
“The pentad is the first number to encompass the specific identity of all number[s], since it encompasses 2, the first even number, and 3, the first odd number. Hence it is called ‘marriage,’ since it is formed of male and female.”
“The pentad is highly expressive of justice, and justice comprehends all the other virtues […] it is a kind of justice, on the analogy of a weighing instrument.” (i.e., It is the central number in the row of numbers from 1 to 9.)
“Because it levels out inequality, they call it ‘Providence’ and ‘justice’ (division, as it were) […] Likewise, it is called ‘nuptial’ and ‘androgyny’ and ‘demigod’ – the latter not only because it is half of ten, which is divine, but also because in its special diagram it is assigned the central place. And it is called ‘twin’ because it divides in two the decad, which is otherwise indivisible […] and ‘heart-like’ because of the analogy of the heart being assigned the center in living creatures.”
“Nature separated each of the extremities of our bodily part (I mean, the extremities of our feet and hands) in a five-fold way, into fingers and toes.”
“5” according to Edgar Cayce:
“Five – a change imminent, ever, in the activities of whatever influence with which it may be associated” (reading 261-14).
“Five – as seen, a change” (reading 5751-1).
“Five always active – and double the two, and one – or three and two, which it is the sum of. Hence, as is questioned here, no factor is more active than would be that of a five…in any activity. Five being the active number” (reading 137-119).
Does “5” — or do any of the other numbers above (e.g., 23, 50, 77, 131) — 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 “23” reminds you of chromosomes and genetics, 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 5, or any of the other numbers above, please leave a comment!
Source: Theologumena Arithmeticae, attributed to Iamblichus (c.250-c.330).
Next Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, 30-year-old identical (and alliterative) triplets Leila, Liina, and Lily Luik of Estonia are expected to run the women’s marathon. This will make the “Trio in Rio,” as they call themselves, the first set of triplets to compete in an Olympics.
In comparison, about 200 sets of twins have competed in the Olympics over the years. Here are some of the Olympic twins with similarly alliterative names:
Åke & Arne (Sweden) [not technically alliterative; see JJ’s comment]
Finally, here are Portugal’s top 10 compound names for each gender:
1. Maria Inês, 603 baby girls 2. Maria Leonor, 496 3. Maria Francisca, 315 4. Maria Clara, 257 5. Maria Carolina, 164 6. Ana Carolina 161 7. Maria João 140 8. Maria Beatriz 140 9. Lara Sofia, 130 10. Maria Luísa, 125
1. João Pedro, 343 baby boys 2. Rodrigo Miguel, 204 3. Pedro Miguel, 174 4. Afonso Miguel, 140 5. João Miguel, 138 6. Diogo Miguel, 136 7. João Maria, 127 8. Duarte Miguel, 124 9. Tiago Miguel, 123 10. José Pedro, 114
I’m guessing that compound names are counted separately from single names, but I’m not entirely sure.