The unusual name is a nod to the role that the social network played in this month’s protests, but, does it top the most unusual Latino names?
Egyptian Jamal Ibrahim decided to christen his daughter “Facebook Jamal Ibrahim,” and pay a homage of sorts to the multimedia service that helped anti-government protests overthrow Egyptian dictator Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak.
“Family, friends, and neighbors of the girl in the Ibrahimya region gathered around the new born to express their continuing support for the revolution that started on Facebook,” reads an English translation of the paper as supplied by TechCrunch. “‘Facebook received many gifts from the youth who were overjoyed by her arrival and the name that shocked the entire world.”
Not the entire world, we’re not. Facebook is indeed quite the ill choice for a girl’s name, but in the Latino world, we have long ago set the defining strokes of what a shocking name for a baby looks like.
Ask Colombian journalist, lawyer and prolific writer Daniel Samper Pizano. In a multi-part series featured on his “El Tiempo” weekly column “Postre de Notas,” the author published a list of the most bizarre names to ever grace the lists of immigrants to Spain.
Below, a few of the most memorable and preposterous girl names on his list. Real last names have been omitted, but do add Pérez or Rodríguez, or Chávez for full effect. Samper swears to the veracity of these.
British Irlanda (Sort of a Celtic middle name)
Cindi Yaniver (ya ni ver= not see anymore)
Disnei Yukilena (Animation and Japanimation, all in one)
Dulzaina (Harmonica, in Spanish)
Esnerancid (is not what?)
Farewel (Miss Goodbye)
Greizkeli (A cruel homage to the late Princess of Monaco”
Maismelly (surely, a spinoff of Marshmallow)
Mishilary (A tribute to Mrs. Clinton)
Usnavy (US Navy….)
Yemystania (yes my what?)
Yumy Yumy (and the family pet is called….?)
Suddenly showing up to your parents house to introduce them to your fiancée, Facebook, is not so bad, right? “Dad, meet Salmomeba Suárez.” “Mom, dad, we are in love. Her name is Newbelly Velázquez, like the painter.”
The list of boy names is not any better:
Alterego (Like a graphic novel villain. Alterego Montoya)
Doriangrei (Oscar Wilde, roll inside your grave)
Eisenjouer (no comment)
Espidy (Like the mouse González)
Onedollar (Translates as Bill, or Single)
Quillerkid (as in Killer Kid)
Willisford (car-brand mash-up name)
Wolkman (Had he been born a decade later, he’d be christened Ipod)
Do you know any funny/strange names? Post them in the comment section