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Sibset of the Week: The Deneuves

from wikipedia.org

We’re heading to France for this week’s edition, focusing on a rather renowned French actress by the name of Catherine Deneuve, born Catherine Fabienne Dorléac (she uses her mother’s maiden name professionally). Catherine is possibly best known for her role in Indochine, which won her an Academy Award in 1993.

Catherine herself is the daughter of an actor, Maurice Dorléac to be precise. She also has two siblings, sisters Sylvie and Françoise.

But it’s the names of her children which caught my eye and got me to pull together this post. She has two children, and it’s worth noting that one of them has a Russian father, whilst the other has an Italian father:

Christian Igor Christophe

Chiara Charlotte

Both children have gone on to have families of their own, with Christian having children named Igor and Lou, whilst Chiara has Milo and Anna.

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Name Spot of the Week: Sevens Rugby

Rugby Sevens logo from isidethegames.biz

I love rugby, t’s my favourite sport to watch after Formula 1 (and maybe a decent game of footie), and last weekend was full of Sevens Rugby for me, with Twickenham hosting this time ’round. It’s a fast-paced version of Rugby, with each game just 15 minutes long, and only 7 players per team. It also made for some interesting name spotting:

Aderito (Portugal)

Alafoti (Samoa)

Allister (Scotland)

Biko (Kenya)

Camille (France)

Cecil (South Africa)

Collins (Kenya)

Derek ‘DJ’ (New Zealand)

Diogo (Portugal)

Emosi (Fiji)

Facundo (Spain)

Flavien (France)

Gaston (Argentina)

Gregory (Australia)

Hamish (Australia)

Hernan (Argentina)

Horace (Kenya)

Humphrey (Kenya)

Ifan (Wales)

Ignacio (Spain)

Igor (Russia)

Isoa (England)

Javon (Wales)

Johannes (South Africa)

Lolo (Samoa)

Lote (New Zealand)

Mikhail (Russia)

Mitieli (Fiji)

Ofisa (Samoa)

Peni (Fiji)

Petrus (South Africa)

Ratu (Australia)

Renaud (France)

Renfred (South Africa)

Reupena (Samoa)

Rhodri (Wales)

Roderick ‘Roddy’ (Scotland)

Samuela (Fiji)

Seremaia (Fiji)

Shalom (US)

Sherwin (New Zealand)

Sitiveni (Fiji)

Simaika (Samoa)

Tai (US)

Thyssen (Canada)

Trent (Australia)

Valenese ‘Nese’ (US)

Vasily (Russia)

Victor (Spain&Kenya&Russia)

Walter (Argentina)

Zar (New Zealand)

Elsewhere, sister #1 has a friend over at the moment named Alixx, who claims her name is the Greek version of Alexandra. I’m not exactly sure it is (Alixxandra), but there you go.

Speaking of my sister, I mentioned earlier on this week that my sister had used Clotilde as her confirmation name, what I lacked to mentioned was the confirmation name of another lad being confirmed at the same time: Elmo.

At the weekend, I watched my first episode of Hawaii Five-O, I know I’m a little late coming into it, but the name Kono stood out for me. I love 4 letter -o names for girls, such as Juno and Meno, so it’s a plus.

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From Russia, With Love

Here’s a quick look at some popular Russian names, some which could easily pass through the culture barrier, others which may falter slightly.

Vladimir

– This name means to rule with greatness. There are two well-known namesakes: Vladimir Putin who was president of Russia until recently and Vladimir Nabokov was the author who penned the infamous ‘Lolita’

Igor

– Russian form of Ingvarr. Pronounced EE-gahr or EE-gawr.

Nikolai

– Russian version of Nicholas. Stems from the the Greek wrods nike and polis, meaning people’s victory. Borne by the last two Russian Tsars.

Sasha

– Russian diminuative of either Aleksandr or Aleksandra. Common Russian boys name.

Katya

– Diminuative of Yekaterina, the Russian version of Catherine. Cute alternative to Katie.

Anastasia

– Feminine form of Anastasius. The Russian pronunciation sounds all the letters: An-nah-stah-SEE-yah. This name can also be broken down into a multitude of different nicknames, such as Anna, Stacy, and Nastia (Lukin).

Svetlana

– Derived from the slavic element svet meaning light, world.

Tatiana

– Feminine form of the Roman name Tatianus, which itself derived from the Roman name Tatius. Pronounced by the Russians as tat-TYAH-nah.

Natalya/ Natasha

Natalya is the Russian form of Natalie. The name Natalie is from the latin word Natalia, meaning Christmas day. Natasha is a Russian pet name of Natalya.

*As Russians don’t use the Latin Alphabet, the spellings of Russian names when altered to the latin alphabet varies. Thus, Anastasia and Anastaysia are both legitimate spellings.

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