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First names: are they regional? What are your neighbours and friends called?

Old Dec 2nd 2010, 9:37 am
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Originally Posted by bil
Hmmm. Possible, but how the heck do they get curro?
Quite a few of them (not sure if that´s one of them) come from what they reckon are the way babies pronounce it, but TBH they don´t sound very credible to me. Maybe a bit like getting bampy from grandad, grampy??????

Just googled it, whether you believe it or not......
Paco, Pancho,Kiko, Curro son hipocorísticos (la manera de hablar de niños) de Francisco
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Quite a few of them (not sure if that´s one of them) come from what they reckon are the way babies pronounce it, but TBH they don´t sound very credible to me. Maybe a bit like getting bampy from grandad, grampy??????

Just googled it, whether you believe it or not......
Yeah, I found something similar http://etimologias.dechile.net/?Paco

I find hipocorísticos (la manera de hablar de los niños ) a bit more plausible than acronyms like PP which makes it look a bit more like a political slogan.
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In our village we have Manolo and Juanjo as mentioned previously; these are quite common names (Juanjo of course is an abbreviation of Juan Jose). We have many men called Jose, Juan, Antonio, Eduardo and Miguel. Some of the young boys have more modern names such as Javi (Javier) and Jaime.

The women are called names like Amalia, Carmela, Encarna (Encarnacion) , Virtudes, Gracia and Mercedes, quite traditional names really. Lots of Marias. The young girls are called names like Patricia and Lucia.

There are a lot of double names of which the first is Juan that get abbreviated, like Juanjo mentioned above. Juan Jose becomes Juanjo, Juan Miguel becomes Juanmi, Juan Manuel becomes Juanma, our doctor is Juan David so he is Juanda (!). I wonder how you would abbbreviate the King of Spain's name (Juan Carlos)....

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Amparo (Desamporado-sad name) is very popular here too. My daughters class teachers have both been called Amparo.

I love the name Dori or rather Adoracion.

Miguel too after San Miguel very common and Fernando also.

As a surname Navarro.
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Ah, surnames! There are not all that many different ones in our village.

Muñoz, Medina, Pelegrina, Flores, Montoro, Donaire seem the most common.
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Ah, surnames! There are not all that many different ones in our village.

Muñoz, Medina, Pelegrina, Flores, Montoro, Donaire seem the most common.

Have you checked how many fingers they have and whether their hands are webbed?
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I wonder how you would abbbreviate the King of Spain's name (Juan Carlos)....
Juancar. Have to pronounce that carefully tho.....
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Originally Posted by snikpoh
Have you checked how many fingers they have and whether their hands are webbed?
Like my village in the UK. There were half a dozen surnames if that, which is why nicknames were so important as there could be 6 people called John Arnold.

I was always grateful my mother chose to marry well outside her gene pool.
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Spanish guy I talk with on skype mentioned his wife, Ludi, and I commented that I hadn't heard the name. He explained it was actually Luz Divina (devine light), nice, ain't it?
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Originally Posted by snikpoh
Have you checked how many fingers they have and whether their hands are webbed?
There is actually quite a lot of inbreeding, especially amongst the older people and in some individuals it really shows.
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Juancar. Have to pronounce that carefully tho.....
Juanca, without the 'r' and you do have to pronounce it carefully, although I'm sure it does not mean the same in Spanish!
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Originally Posted by agoreira
Spanish guy I talk with on skype mentioned his wife, Ludi, and I commented that I hadn't heard the name. He explained it was actually Luz Divina (devine light), nice, ain't it?

It is lovely.

We have Lupi , Loli and Tosa.

Don't sound too good to English ears!

(short for Guadalupe, Dolores and Fructosa).

One English man in our village, when his Spanish neighbour asked weat his wife's name was, said (joking) 'well I call her Fatty'. The neighbour thought he meant Fati and they all call her Fatima now.

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No, Gaditanos are people from Cádiz. maybe people from Jerez are called Gaditanos because they live in Cádiz provence
People from Jerez are just called Jerezanos.
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Some irregular ones,
Ávila = abulense; Badajoz = pásense; Huelva = onubense. Huesca = oscense; Fuerteventura = majorero; Elche = ilicitano. Betanzos = brigantino; Cabra = egabrense; Calahorra = calagurritano. Calatayud = bilbilitano; Martos = tuccitano; Orihuela = orcelitano.
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What's Loli short for?
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