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:
- Start with an anglicized name, like in most other things, Filipinos love “imported” names such as John, Patricia, Courtney, Denise
- OR you could go another way, you could name your kid after patron saints- Mary, Claire, Therese
- You could try an american noun like; Charity, Hope, Lovely
- 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:
- You can try repeating the first syllable or last syllable of the first name : Trisha becomes Tringtring, Charlene becomes Chacha, Elaine becomes Lenlen
- You can try adding an “ing” to the end: Lucia becomes Lucring
- Oh, and like I mentioned before, add an “H” to the name: like Dhan, Mhark
- 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?