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What's in a name?

posted Sep 1, 2009, 2:52 AM by Matteo Risoldi
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

However, choosing a name for a baby seems quite a big deal.
Majka and I, luckily, had a favourite name from the get-go. It's Leon (accent on the open e - Leh-on). We still say this could change - however we started talking to the baby (well, to the belly) using this name already, and I doubt we'll change our mind. It is a short name (we like short names), easy to write and pronounce either in French, Italian or Polish. It is a string name: it means lion in Spanish, and apparently in germanic countries it has an origin meaning "thunder".
So, Leon it will probably be. Accepted variations: Leo, Leonek, Leon with an accent on the o (only for francophones who can't help it!).