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More invented baby names from Cuba

Havana, Cuba

More bizarre baby names from Cuba! These come from a recent BBC News 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)
  • Eddimary
  • Meylin – from “the canned meat we Cubans used to get on our ration card”
  • Noslenis – Nelson backwards
  • Oldanier – Reinaldo backwards
  • Yamileisis
  • Yaniel – based on Daniel
  • Yaraleidis
  • Yumilis
  • 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 unusual baby names. I wonder if it’s possible to pinpoint where/when the inventiveness began…?

Source: Rainsford, Sarah. “Cuban names: Please call me… Canned Meat.” BBC News 2 Jun. 2012.

Image: Adapted from Oldtimers on Paseo de Marti, Havana, Cuba by kuhnmi under CC BY 2.0.

Inventive baby names in Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Here are some of the inventive baby names that have been bestowed in Cuba over the last few decades, according to the article “Julio or Juliabe? Inventing Baby Names Popular in Cuba,” published at Fox News Latino yesterday.

  • Adianez (Zenaida backwards)
  • Ailed (Delia backwards)
  • Boris
  • Aledmys
  • Danyer (from the English word “danger“)
  • Dayesi
  • Disami
  • Geyne (combination of Geronimo and Nelly)
  • Hanoi (from the name of the capital of Vietnam)
  • Juliabe
  • Katia
  • 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
  • Usnavi (from “U.S. Navy”)
  • Widayesi
  • Yadel
  • Yakarta (based on Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia)
  • Yamisel
  • Yander
  • Yaneymi (combination of Yanet and Mijail)
  • Yanisey
  • Yasnaya (possibly based on Yasnaya Polyana, the name of several locations in Russia)
  • Yirmara
  • Yoanni
  • Yoelkis
  • Yohendry
  • Yolaide
  • Yordanka
  • Yosbel
  • Yotuel (from the Spanish words yo, tu, el, meaning “I, you, he”)
  • Yovel
  • Yulieski
  • Yumara
  • Yumilsis
  • Yunier
  • Yuri
  • Yuset

Why all the “y” names? It has to do with the Soviet Union’s influence in Cuba, which made Russian-sounding names (often ones that start with “y”) fashionable on the island for a number of years. Cubans born during the ’70s and ’80s have been referred to as Generación Y, in fact.

Finally, Aurora Camacho, a member of the Cuban Institute for Literature and Linguistics, notes that more traditional names like Maria and Pedro are still being used in Cuba, but “certainly with less frequency.”

Image: Adapted from Oldtimers on Paseo de Marti, Havana, Cuba by kuhnmi under CC BY 2.0.