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Sibset of the Week: The Biggs

from metro.co.uk

It seems the right moment to talk about a sibset to do with the Olympics, or at least talk about a family related to a British sportsman. Given the news that broke yesterday, Paula Radcliffe would be the obvious choice after she pulled out of the marathon due to injury, but we’ve already covered the names of her children previously.

So we’re onto my second brainwave: Sally Gunnell. She’s was the British athlete of the early 90s, who at one point in time held the European, Commonwealth, Olympic, World 400m title. It was in September 1997 that she retired from sport and has since taken up a sports punditry role with the BBC on and off.

With hubbie Jonathan Bigg, she has 3 sons:

Finley

Luca Red

Marley

All mostly typical modern names for the modern Brit baby, the names ranked thusly in England&Wales in 2010: Finley at #35; Luca at #70; Marley at #160.

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Sibset of the Week: The Albiols, Alonsos, Arbeloas, Iniestas, Reina & Torreses

Fernando Torres with (l-r) Nora, Alma, Leo, Grecia and Luca during post-match celebrations, from fifa.com

The Spanish National Football made history yesterday with their 4-0 thrashing of Italy in the Euros 2012 final, making it their third consecutive major tournament win, and helping them retain their world ranking of #1. Since I don’t talk Spanish names particularly often, it seems a good time to talk about the name of the children of some of the current members of the squad.

I picked out 6 players to focus on, and the first (we’re going in alphabetical order) is Raúl Albiol. He’s a versatile player, as he can play in central defence, defensive midfield and right back. He was first called up to play for Spain’s senior team in 2007, and has so far made 34 appearances. Domestically, he plays for Real Madrid – fun fact, the stadium for Real Madrid is called Santiago Bernabéu. With partner Alicia, the footballer has two daughters, named Azahara and Alma.

The next Dad is Xabi Alonso, who also plays for Real Madrid but as a predominantly midfield player. He has a son named Jontxu and a daughter named Ane.

Then we have Álvaro Arbeloa, another Real Madrid player (beginning to see a pattern?). He plays in defence and with childhod sweetheart Carlota welcomed a daughter called Alba back in 2010.

The man of the match for the final was Andrés Iniesta, this posts’s first non-Real Madrid player as he plays for Spain’s other major footballing team – Barcelona. Together with partner Anna he welcomed little Valeria in 2011.

One of Spain’s reserve goalkeepers is Pepe Reina, and since 2005 has played for English team Liverpool. With wife Yolanda he has three lovely little ‘uns named Grecia, Alma and Luca. All three joined him on pitch on Sunday following the game for post-match celebrations.

Finally we have Fernando Torres, the famed striker who currently wears a Chelsea shirt. The Spanish nickname him El Niño, or the kid. He’s married to Olalla and they have two children, Nora and Leo.

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Loulou…

from rouskadetiolles.fr

Remember how I mentioned the names of John Torode’s kids a few weeks ago in our weekly Sibset post? Well, at the time I claimed his youngest child was called Lulu – and it seems that I was half right. You see, I read an article by the man himself quite by chance a few days ago and he spelled her name Loulou. Loulou! Like Lou, but twice the fun – I’m almost jealous.

This got me thinking, as most things in my life do, about other names which have the quirky characteristic of containing mine. One of my favourite films growing up was The Jungle Book which featured a character called Baloo. Staying with films we have Leeloo from Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element – whose name went on to dominate the French popularity charts in a different guise: Lilou.

Those two examples only scratch the surface. Delving deeper we get to Blue – now famed after Beyonce and Jay-Z gave it to their daughter born in January, whilst Geri Halliwell has a daughter named Bluebell.

Moving over to names starting with Lou, let’s start with royalty. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently became owners of a dog named Lupo – whilst actress Hilary Duff welcomed a son named Luca only the other day.

Lupo is an interesting choice and it’s Italian for wolf. A few years ago VW manufactured a car called Lupo, with the last one rolling off the production line in 2005. Interestingly, it was replaced by a car named Fox.

As for Luca, the first critical point to make is that you can legitimately give this name to either your daughter or son – it’s not just a male-only name. Yes, Luca is the Italian and Portuguese version of Luke, but at the same time the name is also the Croatian and Hungarian version of Lucia.

Speaking of Lucia, there’s a new kid on the block with her posse of names and that is the one which started it all off – Lux. From this Latin word for light we get many names, and many offshoots of such names (my favourite, aside from Lucy, is the Welsh Lleulu). Some parents are now opting to return to using simply Lux – and I’ve seen it used on both boys and girls. A comedian by the name of Eddie Perfect recently welcomed a daughter named Lottie Lux, sister for Kitty. Back in June 2011, footballer Andrew Embley welcomed a son named Lux Edward, brother for Autumn Claire.

Both Luke and Lucas are in the Top 100 in England&Wales, but neither Lucian nor Lucius are. It’s worth noting though that the first two names mean man from Lucania, whereas the latter two mean light; aside from them, we also have Lumina which means light.

The opposite of the light is dark, and that’s my strenuous link to Luna – a name which means moon. Sometimes the French will spell this name as Louna, which is a respelling I find myself fond of.

Going back to Eastern Europe, we have Lubomír from the Czech Republic which has the wonderful meaning of peace and light. A name Lubomír always reminds me of the French Ludovic – often shortened to Ludo as Ben Fogle does with his young Ludo – which means famed warrior. From Germany we get Leuthar, or Luther, which means people’s army and this is a name which has passed into English-speaking usage. I’m sure I’m also seen a similar name along the lines of Luthos before.

Now, we’ve mentioned plenty of names beginning with Lou, but there are a few more names which contained a lou sound.

The first I want to mention is Tallulah, a rather fun in sound name and certainly less controversial than the similar name Delilah. Whilst the meaning is uncertain, there are some waterfalls in Georgia named Tallulah. There’s a similar looking Irish name – Talulla – which means princess.

Then we have Mélusine, a name from European folklore. The tale goes that Melusine was a water fairy who transformed into a serpent from the waist below every Saturday.

A male name that merits a mention is Pluto which was until recently the name of a planet; he means wealth. Then we have another popular French name to finish off the list: Elouan. He comes as the name of an obscure saint, recorded in Cornwall as being Elven or Elvan. In Cornish, elven means spark.

All that said, I still believe that the name Lou rocks more than any of these names, personal preference and all.

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Sibset of the Week: The Zidanes

Zinedine Zidane in action, from qoo6.com

Last week we covered the names of a English footballing family, not it’s time to look at a French one from which I’ve mentioned the eldest child’s names a few times. Zinedine Zidane is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, and was part of France’s 1998 World Cup winning side. He retired from football following the 2006 World Cup effort, when he was sent off during the final against Italy for headbutting an Italian player.

With his wife, Véronique, he has four sons born between 1995 and 2005:

Enzo

Luca

Theo

Elyaz

I think out of all four names, Elyaz is the only one which hasn’t really made much of an impact in terms of popularity. The three elder lads all play in youth teams for Real Madrid, so could in theory become bigger player on the international circuit in the future.

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