#11 You Know You’re Filipino If Your Nickname has an Unsolicited “H” in it :)

Names are important stuff, you stick with them all your life (unless you got a name horrible enough that you go to court to change it) But terroristic names aside, you get to stick with them for a long time. Ironic thing is, you don’t get to choose your name, your parents give that to you when you’re a little baby, sometimes even as early when they were kids. Filipinos, as usual, gave a new brand of naming conventions and other things.

Here’s how to name your kid the Filipino way:

  1. Start with an anglicized name, like in most other things, Filipinos love “imported” names such as John, Patricia, Courtney, Denise
  2. OR you could go another way, you could name your kid after patron saints- Mary, Claire, Therese
  3. You could try an american noun like; Charity, Hope, Lovely
  4. OR you could have a portmanteau of the kid’s grandmas or grandpas or parents
  • Joseph(Father) + Anna Maria(Mother)= Anjo
  • Butch(Grandpa) + Chynna(Grandma)= Butchi

See? Easy, right?

Now the nickname, that’s a whole other story, here are some pointers:

  1. You can try repeating the first syllable or last syllable of the first name : Trisha becomes Tringtring, Charlene becomes Chacha, Elaine becomes Lenlen
  2. You can try adding an “ing” to the end: Lucia becomes Lucring
  3. Oh, and like I mentioned before, add an “H” to the name: like Dhan, Mhark
  4. Or you could go the “imported” way, giving an english nickname to an english name: Nathaniel becomes Nat

Personally, I was blessed with a name that’s okay by today’s standards. So I’ll probably give my kid a name that won’t get him/her tied to the flagpole. What about you?

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One thought on “#11 You Know You’re Filipino If Your Nickname has an Unsolicited “H” in it :)

  1. So true, in our family alone, we have Lenlen, Jay-Jay, Mak-mak, and RR. =)

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