Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:59 am
first - when I did finally read up on Alejo's origins they trace it to Alexis not Alexander, so you're right, it is more like Alex than Alec. I meant more the feel of the name in that Alex feels very common and Alejo feels less common, and the sort of background I imagine that person having matches up more with what I imagine an Alec being than an Alex
next, I did also read about Aitor, first actually because it seemed so unusual, and yep, it's Basque, comes from a Basque word, etc.
lol @ Cirque du Soleil children's names
I do really like Alegria as a name though
I never read all of Nada, just an excerpt. I want to say I read something else by that author, but can't remember for sure. I read a bit more Camilo Jose Cela, which is unfortunate, I probably would have liked Laforet a lot more. But in grad school they choose the reading, except for your projects. And I think I went the Miguel Delibes route for that class (great author by the way).
Angustias - I thought this was cool, this whole Spanish name thing of giving your child a name that connects to pain (Dolores, for instance) or things we try to be more hush hush about (Concepcion) just interests me. It's the Pilgrim virtue name thing but it never fell out of fashion in the Spanish speaking world. Angustias is just a, wow, kind of name for meaning, right? agonies? Do we have a name in English that compares to this? Even a Puritan name?
I actually first came across Apolonia as a German name and I guess it's used in various countries. Not something you hear nowadays, at least in the English speaking world, and I don't know that it was ever much of an English language name, which is interesting to me.
Arantxa- I totally cannot see this name and not think of the tennis player, but it is a very cool name (the tennis player was cool too). Ixiar is awesome. I guess Basque names are the Spanish equivalent to Mexico's Aztec names, the names that pack a punch and are just so fascinating. Arantzazu was actually listed on that name site as a name, but I didn't list it because I thought, whoa, that will just be way too strange for people. It's rather cool, but a lot of name (but if you're going to have a Spanish name, I mean, go all in, right? 3 or 4 middle names, completely over the top. I knew a lady named Reina de America. They just don't hold back)
Aurelia is popular on this board, along with Aurelie, so I wanted people to think about the Spanish prn.
there were more names and that was the website with not very many names, but I liked it because it seemed respectable as far as etymology goes. I found another one though with so many names. I'm thinking many of them are quite outdated, but I may have to post some just for interest factor.
my nephews: Alec, Jackson, Elijah, Hayden, Eric, Atreus, Nicholas, Isaac, Samuel
my niece: Rubie