Posts Tagged With: Jermaine

Spot of the Week: Inspire a Generation

All through the Olympics I’ve found myself grabbing my copy of the Official Olympic Programme, which details each and every sport in the back. It’s been an invaluable source of information, and is a treasure-trove of names. The tagline for London 2012 is Inspire A Generation, and on each page dedicated to each sport is a mini-feature of a so-called star of tomorrow of Team GB.

Some of their names are downright interesting, and it’s an insight into the types of names in the Team GB of tomorrow:

Anastasija, 18 (Synchronised Swimming)

Dominick, 17 (Gymnastics)

Fiona, 25 (Water Polo)

Gemma, 19 (Beach Volleyball)

Jermaine, 17 (Volleyball)

Kenta, 20 (Mountain Bike)

Leonora, 25 (Rowing)

Matthias, 18 (Football)

Mervyn, 27 (Javelin)

Ranvir, 17 (Wrestling)

Sonny, 18 (Weightlifting)

Remember how the Olympic cauldron was lit by 7 unknown athletes-of-tomorrow, picked by the greats of British sport? Their first names were Adelle, Desiree, Callum, Jordan (m), Katie, Aidan & Cameron.

To end, I hear often about how Jemima is unusable in the North America region because of a brand of syrup, thus I present to you the British version:

Lyles

For those wondering about what type of cuisine Rosa’s served (featured in last week’s post), it’s Thai.

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Spot of the Week: Athletics

I’ve been glued to the European Athletics Championship in Helsinki this weekend, and the fascinating names were plentiful. One that stood out to me was that of British Long Jumper JJ Jegede, who clearly likes the alliteration in his name. Despite Google’s best efforts, I’m still not certain what the letters JJ stand for, but there’s another JJ is the world of British sport, this time coming from my own part of the world: Jermaine Jenas. He’s represented England at international footballing level but apparently his Dad changed the spelling of their surname via deed poll from Genas to Jenas to get the initials DJ.

Another British athlete is Goldie Sayers, who throws the javelin. I remember wondering how fitting her name was, until researching it and realising that Goldie was originally called Katherine Dinah, until she too changed her name via deed poll to Goldie when she was in her late teens. Still, Dinah is a quirky enough name. Ever read the Demon Headmaster series of books by Gillian Cross? The main female character is called Dinah, and her brothers were called Lloyd and Harvey.

Oh, and this is one for those who didn’t catch my tweet earlier on this week:

I’ve mentioned Gem 106 before when I covered the name Gem, and frankly, this advert made me smile broadly. As for the name, many are talking about Gemma on Formspring these days, so the future looks interesting.

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Name Spot of the Week: Hometown Glory

George the Beekeeper lives on Beeston High Road

I need to get more organised with these posts – this is the second time in a row I’ve posted late. For those interested in my excuse – I was at an awards function at Trent Bridge last night. I didn’t meet any England players such as Stuart Broad, but did meet Steve Mullaney, another player for Nottinghamshire.

One of the main winners of the night was a cricket club from Kimberley, which seemed to have strong teams in all the age groups (U12, U13…etc.). So it seems a good time to mention the names of some other places ’round my hometown – especially since Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy welcomed their son Bingham ‘Bing’ earlier on in the year, and my Auntie lives there. There is an area named Arnold, which is an already established name. But then there’s Wilford, which isn’t too far removed from Wilfred. Other possible options:

Annesley

Ashfield

Aslockton

Aspley

Barnby (Moor)

Basset(law)

Beeston

Blyth

Brinsley

Broxtowe

Bunny

Burton Joyce

(Car) Colston

Carlton

Clifton

Dunkirk

Everton

Felley

Forest Fields

Lace (Market)

Hyson (Green)

Lenton Abbey

Mapperley

(The) Meadow(s)

Plumtree

Saxondale

Sherwood

Strelley

Tithby

Walesby

Children in Need is almost upon us, which is an annual fundraising day aimed at improving the lives of children. Each year a group releases a single for charity, and this years charity single is a collaboration of several different artists known together as The Collective. There are some fascinating names amongst them all:

Cleopatra Elizabeth ‘Mz. Bratz’

Harley ‘Sylvester’, from Rizzle Kicks

Jahmaal Noel ‘Chipmunk’

Jermaine ‘Wretch 32’

Jordan ‘Rizzle’, from Rizzle Kicks

Kwasi ‘Tinchy Stryder’

Niomi Arleen ‘Ms. Dynamite’

Timothy ‘Labrith’

Tulisa Paulinea, from N-Dubz

On a totally different note, I caught my first glimpse of this year’s University Challenge. Yes, it’s been going on since July, but I’m a busy person who rarely watches much TV. I went through and quickly picked out some of the names of previous winners whose name made me sit up and notice (the date in the brackets is of the year they won, followed by the institute they represented):

Aubrey (1968, Keele. Male.)

Colum (2003, Birkbeck College, London)

Dorjana (2002, Somerville College, Oxford)

Frederick ‘Wynn’ (1974, Trinity College, Cambridge)

Geffyn (1986, Jesus College, Oxford)

Geoffrey (1963, Leicester)

Gwilym (1997, Magdalen College, Oxford)

Jerzy (1975, Keble College, Oxford)

Kwasi (1995, Trinity College, Cambridge – two in one post? Yes!)

Madeleine (1963, Leicester)

Meredith (1970, Churchill College, Cambridge)

Reuben (2009, Manchester)

Stefano (2005, Corpus Christi College, Oxford)

Siegfried (2001, Imperial College London)

Thor (2003, Birkbeck College, London)

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