Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What's in a name?

I have noticed that there are a handful of Italian christian names that are very simple and direct. For instance:-

Agosto      -   August
Domenico  -   Sunday
Ottavio      -    Eight
Primo         -   First
Quinto       -   Fifth
Sabatino    -   Saturday

This list is not exhaustive and does not go into surnames which follow the English where there are some that describe what trade the person/family had.

I like their simplicity and directness. I would imagine these types of names are declining in popularity as the parents go for something more sophisticated.

However, in the English speaking world I am sure there is some celebrity baby (Paris Hilton?) who is called Wednesday and a very happy child it is as well.

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