What’s in a name? Ukrainian parents going for the unusualFebruary 28, 2012
We are all aware how the naming of children with less conventional names became somewhat normal over the recent years in the western world.
Children called Brooklyn or Paris
or Battersea Park, because that’s where they were conceived. Or they were named after pop/public/iconic celebrities like Jordan or Romeo or General Sir Anthony Cecil Mogmanay Melchett.
I must admit I find it rather sad as Ukraine is home to some quite beautiful traditional names such as Anastasia and Natasha, Ekaterina, Sophia and Alexandra. They all conjure the idea of exotic intellectualism as well as feminine beauty for me. Andrei, Nikolai, Vladimir and Vladislav all seem particularly masculine.
It would be rather a shame to suddenly discover a child called Gorky simply because that is the park where its parents “got it on”, or if the link is accurate, a child called Rapunzel or Rumpelstiltskin, maybe worse Domovoy or Baba Yaga from fairy tales.
Maybe I am just too old, somewhat conservative and traditional when it comes to names?
Oh well, just thought I would mention it. On to more important issues tomorrow where we will look at the jailing of Lutsenko!