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Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
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We are a multicultural society Dec 27, 2019

So, Ahmed (or Achmed), Mohammed (????).

[Edited at 2019-12-28 13:18 GMT]


 

Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
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portugál - angol
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Comments Dec 27, 2019

1. Regarding the name Maria, there is also the spelling 'Marija' which is common in Slovenian. In Slovenian 'j' seems to have a 'y' sound (as in dobro jutro /yoo-tra/), so many names have that extra J, like Danijela, Julija, Amalija, Natalija and so on (all having the same pronunciation as in English). The country's name also has it, SloveniJa (it is also the only country with LOVE in its name). Note: Julija is also the name of Prešeren's unrequited love. There is a statue of her in Ljubljana.<... See more
1. Regarding the name Maria, there is also the spelling 'Marija' which is common in Slovenian. In Slovenian 'j' seems to have a 'y' sound (as in dobro jutro /yoo-tra/), so many names have that extra J, like Danijela, Julija, Amalija, Natalija and so on (all having the same pronunciation as in English). The country's name also has it, SloveniJa (it is also the only country with LOVE in its name). Note: Julija is also the name of Prešeren's unrequited love. There is a statue of her in Ljubljana.

2. David in Welsh is quite different: Dafydd. The DD is like the TH in THat, so Dafydd comes out at /dav-ITTH/ rhyming with 'with'. In Brazil it can be Davi or David, and pronunciation can be either /da-VEE/ or as in English.

3. Other Welsh girls' names sound very pleasant and unique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMOQHZhUerc. However the LL (like the sound of a rattlesnake) and DD as above can be tricky.

4. Vesa's list is interesting, most names are indeed universal but some are never seen in Brazil: Minea, Nanna and Milo particularly. Many Brazilian names come from Tupi and therefore are unique to the country: Iracema, Jurema, Moacir, etc. (I am sure that if Shakespeare came to Brazil he would have said 'Tupi or not tupi, that is the question'.

5. Mohammad has not caught on here yet as a name, but it seems it is the most common name in the UK now (including all spelling variants)
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Yaotl Altan
 

Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
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Is my name a good example? Dec 31, 2019

Anton Konashenok wrote:

Maria has three variants across major European languages: Maria, Marie, Mary. Not too bad, but could be better. Aiming for two variants or, ideally, only one.

Incidentally, your own name is a good example: Roberto in ES/PT/IT and Robert everywhere else.

[Edited at 2019-12-24 15:23 GMT]


@ Anton

Don't I know it all too well, but my official name is Robert, as a child I was called Robby (or Robbie, couldn't read or write on that age), now everybody calls me Rob, and for some odd reason, in the US I was called Bob.

So, there are more possibilities.


 

Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
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Fun Dec 31, 2019

I have found a name with an identical spelling in any language, namely 'Camembert'. According to Namespedia, there is only one guy with that first name.:-)

 

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Another name common across many languages Apr 28

Alexander, Alexandra, Alexa, Alexia, Zander, Iskandar, etc. etc.

 

Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexikó
Local time: 13:58
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angol - spanyol
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Yaotl Apr 30

Anton Konashenok wrote:

I am trying to compose a list of personal names that have as few linguistic variants as possible - that is, are spelled the same way in many languages. For example, John/Johann/Jean/Juan/João/Giovanni is a poor example, whereas Daniel is a good one. In other words, what names would make it difficult to guess where their bearers come from? A guy named Daniel could well come from virtually any country in Europe and America (and Israel, too). I already have a short list but will withhold it for the time being. Any suggestions?


Try my name "Yaotl" never changes whatever language you speak.


expressisverbis
 

Barbara Pozzi  Identity Verified
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Barbara May 2

IT Barbara
FR Barbara
EN Barbara
DE Barbara


expressisverbis
 

Chris T  Identity Verified
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Not quite May 2

Barbara Pozzi wrote:

IT Barbara
FR Barbara
EN Barbara
DE Barbara


SE Barbro
US Barbie

😂


expressisverbis
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