Sunday, January 11, 2004

Good American Name

I was told by a customer yesterday that a person with my accent shouldn't have a good American name like "Alex".

Just for the record, the name "Alex" is not an American name, the name "Alex" is actually a Greek name, as in Alexander the Great, famous Greek-Macedonian general that conquered most of the Middle East and swats of land in Northern Africa and Asia. The city Alexandria in Egypt was named, you guessed it, after him.

Now, the original Greek name is Alexandros, which is why no matter in which language the name is, the nick name is always Alex, with exceptions like the common Russian variation of Sasha, or Calichio in Sicily. Here is a list of variations to the name:

Alesander (Euskara)
Alessandro (Italian)
Alejandro (Spanish)
Alexander (English)
Alexandre (French)
Aleksander (German, Russian)
Iksander (Turkish)

Just one more thing, the name Alexandros has been around for over 3,000 years whereas the United States of America have been around for less than 300 years, how can a name like "Alex" be an American (a good one on top of it) name then?

Wouldn't Pocahontas or Uncas be American names?

Spanish and Basque settlers were the first ones to colonize what is today known as the United States of America, wouldn't then the Euskara and Spanish versions be more American than the English version since they've been around for 500 years?

Never understimate the stupidity of people.

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