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Postby Bjarn » 2008-02-27, 16:46

Rhys seems to be a more common name among youngers boys in Ontario.
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Postby Aleco » 2008-02-27, 17:44

linguanima wrote:
Aleco wrote:Linguanima:
Well I have the feeling Rhys is more common in Australia than anywhere else, or? I actually never heard it before I watched Home and Away :lol:
But it looks cool as well as sounds cool :D Looks kinda Welsh actually... :?


LOL you watch Home and Away? Good on you!

No Rhys is not a common name here. Actually I haven't met one single guy called Rhys yet.


Haha, do you watch it? :P Not common? Weird, I have heard it several times form Australian people :?

Bjarn: Really? Neat, it has to be the coolest-looking name there is :)
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Postby Levo » 2008-02-27, 22:44

Hunef wrote:
Bjarn wrote:More like the Hun. :)

The Scandinavian name Atle does refer to Attila the Hun.

Cool!

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Postby Levo » 2008-02-27, 22:44

AlienDiscoDuck wrote:'Réka' sounds a little like 'Rekha', which is a female name in India.
Hmmm...I also love Hungarian names. 'Ákos' and 'András' are probably my favourites - they sound really cool and exotic to me. :D
I once met a German guy named Mirko - I thought that was the coolest name ever! I believe the name is originally South Slavic, right?

Nice to meet you, I'm Levente :D

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Postby Johanna » 2008-02-27, 23:44

Aleco wrote:Looks kinda Welsh actually... :?

It is Welsh ;) One of my friends lived in Wales for a few months and she said it's quite common there.
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Postby linguanima » 2008-02-28, 0:50

Levo wrote:
AlienDiscoDuck wrote:'Réka' sounds a little like 'Rekha', which is a female name in India.
Hmmm...I also love Hungarian names. 'Ákos' and 'András' are probably my favourites - they sound really cool and exotic to me. :D
I once met a German guy named Mirko - I thought that was the coolest name ever! I believe the name is originally South Slavic, right?

Nice to meet you, I'm Levente :D


That looks an awesome name!
I instantly linked it to the Greek word λεβέντης which sort of means a brave man.
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Postby Levo » 2008-02-28, 17:19

linguanima wrote:
Levo wrote:
AlienDiscoDuck wrote:'Réka' sounds a little like 'Rekha', which is a female name in India.
Hmmm...I also love Hungarian names. 'Ákos' and 'András' are probably my favourites - they sound really cool and exotic to me. :D
I once met a German guy named Mirko - I thought that was the coolest name ever! I believe the name is originally South Slavic, right?

Nice to meet you, I'm Levente :D


That looks an awesome name!
I instantly linked it to the Greek word λεβέντης which sort of means a brave man.

There are stereotypes for each name in Hungary, and the Leventes are told to be brave. :wink:

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Postby AlienDiscoDuck » 2008-02-29, 3:22

Levo wrote:
AlienDiscoDuck wrote:'Réka' sounds a little like 'Rekha', which is a female name in India.
Hmmm...I also love Hungarian names. 'Ákos' and 'András' are probably my favourites - they sound really cool and exotic to me. :D
I once met a German guy named Mirko - I thought that was the coolest name ever! I believe the name is originally South Slavic, right?

Nice to meet you, I'm Levente :D


Szia Levente!

I second linguanima - your name rules. I've heard a similar Turkish name, Levent, and I'm wondering if it's at all related to your name. Cause I know of a few Hungarian names with Turkish origins, such as Zoltán and Ákos. Hope you don't mind me asking.

And yes, I'm in love with the Hungarian language, and am currently attempting to learn it. Don't ask me why I chose that one, of all languages, especially given that I'm not Hungarian myself, nor have I ever been to Hungary. (I'm Canadian, orignally from India, and people already think I'm weird because I speak German)
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Postby Leviwosc » 2008-02-29, 4:07

If I would follow the family tradition, my son would be named: ....... Reinaldus Adreanus Wilhelmus de Leeuw

And there should be a personal name on the dots which would be most like be Raphaëllus.

But since I want to break with the tradition, certainly because I don't have contact with my father anymore. Would it be weird to name my son after my father.

Raphaëllus = my son's name
Reinaldus = my name
Adreanus = my father's name
Wilhelmus = the name of the forefather.

So, let's forget that... although my brother might continue with the tradition.

Names I like:

Raphaël [ʁɑːfɑɛl]
Peter [peːtər]
Bertram [bɛrtrɑm]
Benedetto [benədɛtˈtɔ]
Christiaan [krɪstiaːn]
Ricardo [ʁikɑrˈdo]
Boudewijn [bɔudəʋɛin]
Nicolas [nikɔla]
Laurent [loʁ̃ɑ]

Girl's names:

Barbara [bɑʁbɑʁɑ]
Loretta [lɔrɛ'tɑ]
Christina [krɪstinɑ]
Catharina [kɑtɑrina]
Petronella [peːtronɛlɑ]
Madeleine [mɑdəl̃ɛnə]
Loreena [lɔɹiːnɑ]
Hélène [eːl̃ɛn]
Ingrid [ɪnɣrɪt]

I probably missed lots of other nice names, but this is enough for now.
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Postby Tenebrarum » 2008-02-29, 4:43

Leviwosc wrote:If I would follow the family tradition, my son would be named: ....... Reinaldus Adreanus Wilhelmus de Leeuw

Should he become a renowned musician, he could abbreviate that to RAWL :lol:
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Postby linguanima » 2008-02-29, 6:45

Why is it that your names all end in -us, Leviwosc? They have an air of aristocracy.

And yes, Raphaël and Nicholas are indeed enchanting names!!
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Postby lishaoxuan » 2008-02-29, 10:52

My favorite name, hmmm..., is probably my name: 李绍璇/lishaoxuan :D

I didn't really fall for some particular names before, usually I pay more attention to the person. And if I like someone, chances are I will like his/her name too.

Here are the names I just picked out:
Name I like:
Αλέξανδρος (and all its variations and diminutives in all other languages.)

Wilhelm, William and Βασσίλης

Maria

Stephanie

Sofia

Name I don't like:
Victor (which is actually my English name, given by my English teacher in my first English class. But I never used it.)

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Postby linguanima » 2008-02-29, 11:04

lishaoxuan wrote:Αλέξανδρος (and all its variations and diminutives in all other languages.)


Μάλιστα. :D
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Postby Leviwosc » 2008-02-29, 11:46

Draven wrote:
Leviwosc wrote:If I would follow the family tradition, my son would be named: ....... Reinaldus Adreanus Wilhelmus de Leeuw

Should he become a renowned musician, he could abbreviate that to RAWL :lol:


Humour :lol:

linguanima wrote:Why is it that your names all end in -us, Leviwosc? They have an air of aristocracy.


Because it's tradition and you're right about that air of aristocracy, although we hardly notice anything of that these days. I'm not noble or something.

linguanima wrote:And yes, Raphaël and Nicholas are indeed enchanting names!!


Yeah I love them, though I don't want the English name 'Nicholas' but the more French sounding name: Nicolas.


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Postby linguanima » 2008-02-29, 14:02

Does anyone like the name 'Eleanor'?
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Postby Leviwosc » 2008-02-29, 14:44

Yeah it's a nice name, though I would rather see an 'a' added to it at the end.

Eleonora

Great name I think.

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Postby Tenebrarum » 2008-02-29, 17:30

linguanima wrote:Does anyone like the name 'Eleanor'?

Sounds like something from Middle Earth. I can almost see those pointy elvish ears...
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Postby Aleco » 2008-02-29, 21:46

lishaoxuan wrote:Αλέξανδρος (and all its variations and diminutives in all other languages.)


谢谢 :D

I like the original the best though ^^
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Postby Belin » 2008-03-01, 0:35

Giuseppe and Giovanni are amazing names. I love the sound of geminated consonants though, so maybe that's why I love them. Can anyone share a list of names with more geminated consonants (I'm thinking most of them will be Italian, Finnish, and Japanese ...maybe I’m forgetting some though...).
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Postby linguanima » 2008-03-01, 0:50

Draven wrote:
linguanima wrote:Does anyone like the name 'Eleanor'?

Sounds like something from Middle Earth. I can almost see those pointy elvish ears...


Lol that's why it's beautiful.

Speaking of the Middle Earth, there are several names there that sound beautiful:

Éowyn
Arwen
Galadriel
Aragorn
Legolas
Faramir
Elrond


... and particularly nice when the r's are pronounced as an alveolar flap.
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