Monday, 9 April 2012

Family Tree: Attagirl

File:Carl Gustav Bielke antavla 001.jpg

Currently on a four day visit to the mother ship, also known as my grandmother's house, which has led to some fascinating name finds. I made all of the women (because the men in our family are inexplicably hopeless at remembering names) sit around my Gran's kitchen table and go through our family tree. I can't share all that was said around the table, because my aunts have a tendency to get a bit rude after a glass or two, but I can share with you some of the gems they recalled. These are the names of their cousins, second cousins, and I-don't-know-what-removed. Over all, the names cover three generations: my aunts', my Gran's, and the one before that. The majority of the names below were preceded by Maria or Mary; however, the women listed were often called/known just by their middle names.

Albina

Alcina

Alzira

Amália - She was named in honour of a very famous Portuguese fado singer, Amália Rodrigues. Gran is a big fan.

Benedita

Carlinda

Carminda

Carmo

Diolinda

Dorinda 

Euphelia

Ezilda

Gorete 

Henriqueta 

Idalia - Pronounced EE-dah-lyah 

Idalina 

Infantina - According to my Gran, her mother had delusions of grandeur, hence the name (Infanta is the title given to daughters of Portuguese and Spanish monarchs).

Irmelinda

Isaura - Pronounced ee-ZOW-rah 

Isabelina

Ivonete

Leopoldina - She was always known as Pina 

Lisete

Miquelina

Palmira - Her nickname within the family was Palma, the common Portuguese name for sword lilies 

Rosalina

Rosinda

Sidalia 

Susete

Uzelina

Zaida

Zulmira - She goes by Mira (Mee-rah).

Portugal's naming laws mean that all names must be gender specific, hence why most of the above end with the very feminine 'A'. Kr8tiive spellings are not allowed and neither are most foreign ones (I believe exceptions are made if a parent is from a different country), so Isabella won't be accepted but Isabela will. Certain English names have started to be allowed, such as Kelly, but others, like Kevin, still won't get on the birth certificate (you can have Kevim, though - pronunciation stays the same).

So that's my crazy fam and their often 'interesting' names. Next up, masculine names from my family tree.

Image: Family Tree of Carl Gustav Bielke.