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Name Spot of the Week: Exam Names

Exan season is upon me, and now that I’m A-Level, my science exams lack the names that made the Science SAT paper so much more interesting. Nowadays, I have to live with ‘student’, but luckily I take French&Psychology, who do use names, albeit French more than Psychology.

My year was the last to take the Year 9 Sats tests, which contained names such as Tracy, Brian and Ranjit. Yes, Ranjit. Either him or brother Sanjit always made an appearence, in an effort to stay PC, more than anything. It certainly added some humour to the proceedings.

Some other notable names from past papers:

Abdel. Past French Paper.

Adama. Past French Paper.

Angus. Past Psychology Paper.

Bénédicte. Past French Paper.

Bérengere. Past French Paper. There should be a grave accent on the 3rd e, but alas, my keyboard is not French. Bit of trivia for you: English keyboards have qwerty, for the French, it’s azerty.

Bernard. Past French Paper.

Cécile. Past French Paper.

Maika. Past French Paper.

Nina. Past French Paper.

Thibault. It’s a scandal I forgot to include this delightful French names on my recent -o names that aren’t really -o names list, and for those not in the know, it’s tee-bo.

Vandita&Sandra. These two appeared in the same question in a past psychology paper, the mind boggles.

Xavier. I’ve seen him crop up at least twice on past French Edexcel AS-Level exams. (Quick note about English schooling: Edexcel is the name of the exam board, AS is the first year of A-Level, A2 is the second year)

Emma Bunton welcomed a second son this week, fashionably named Tate joins brother Beau. But the best part of the story is the name of the father: Jade.

Speaking of celebrity births, Bryan Adams is now a father to a little girl: Mirabella Bunny. A town near me is named Bunny.

I’m eagerly awaiting the next series of Outnumbered, and the names of two of the child actors are notable: Tyger and Ramona. I thought 15-year-old Tyger had it harsh until I  discovered Tyger is his second middle name, his first name is actually Lindzi. Things must be complicated at the Drew-Honey household, as his mother is called Linzi, and his father is called Simon Lindsay.

I read an interesting article the other day about a gay couple in Arizona who’ve adopted 12 children, my heart leaped when I saw one of their sons is named Ambrose.

I recently discovered the first name of a teacher of mine: Archana, it’s a Sanskrit name, meaning honouring, praising. This is the name of a Hindu ritual.

My father has a friend at t’ Masons called Teg, and it was during the setting up of Ladies Night that I discovered Teg to be a nickname for Tegfan, given his surname, Davies, I’m assuming it’s of Welsh origins.

And the final name spots this week come courtesy of a book by Chris d’Lacey, The Fire Within, he has a talent for naming dragons:

  • Gawain
  • Guinevere
  • Gwendolen
  • Gadzooks
  • Grace
  • Gruffen

I want to give a child the middle name Gadzooks, infact, I now have dibs on Gadzooks and Gawain (or rather, Gwaine); my sister and I have been name dibbing for the past few days, and I’m rather satisfied with my haul, which includes Rupert and Rosalinde, but unfortunately, I’ve had to let go of Josephine. Tis’ all in good spirits though, so I may still get her.

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Down in the Valleys

If Welsh is known for anything, it is it’s love of consonants. Here, though, we look at some names from the valleys that don’t over-do that love:

Bryn

– Means hill, mound in Welsh. BRIN

Griffith

– Welsh meaning strong fighter.

Huw

– Welsh form of Hugh.

Morgan

– Unlike in the US, the name Morgan still persists as a largely male name. It came into the spotlight as a female name due to Morgan le Fay. The name itself means sea circle.

Paderau

– Meaning beads or rosary.

Rhodri

– Means wheel king in Welsh. ROD-ree.

Rhys

– Means enthusiasm in Welsh. Pronounced RHEES.

Taliesin

– Means shining brow, from the Welsh tal and iesin, meaning brow and shining respectively. tal-ee-ES-in

Vaughn

– From a Welsh surname which was derived from Welsh bychan meaning little. VAWN.

Aderyn

– Means bird in Welsh. a-DEH-rin.

Bethan

– Welsh diminuative of Elizabeth. BETH-an.

Branwen

– From Welsh, meaning beautiful raven. Perfect for parents looking for a tomboy name. BRAN-wen.

Carys

– From the Welsh caru, meaning love. KA-ris.

Ffion

– Means foxglove in Welsh. Pronounced either FEE-on or EFF-ee-on. The former is the correct Welsh pronunciation.

Gwendolen

– Means white ring in Welsh. GWEN-da-lin

Lowri

– Welsh form of Laura.

Seren

– Means star in Welsh. SEH-ren

Tegan

– Derived from Welsh teg, thus meanig fair. The Welsh pronunciation is TEG-an, rhyming with Megan, although many use TEE-gan.

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