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Olympic Names 2018: Part Two

On to the men now!

Asa Miller (Filipino-American)

Blaise Giezendanner (French)

Casper Dyrbye Næsted (Danish)
Charles "Chay" Genoway (Canadian)

Dorian Hauterville (French)

Florent Claude (Belgian)

Gilmore Junio (Canadian)

Ilkka Herola (Finnish)
Irineu Esteve Altimiras (Andorran)

Jan Vrba (Czech)
Jules Lapierre (French)

Lascelles Brown (Canadian - born and raised in Jamaica)
Lennard "Len" Väljas (Canadian - is of Estonian descent)
Linden Vey (Canadian)

MacKenzie Boyd-Clowes (Canadian)
Maxence Parrot (Canadian)

Neville Wright (Canadian)

Odirlei Pessoni (Brazilian)

Pekka Koskela (Finnish)
Pita Taufatofua (Tongan)

Rhys Thornbury (New Zealand)
Ristomatti Hakola (Finnish)

Stanislau Hladchenko (Belarusian)

Teal Harle (Canadian)
Ted-Jan Bloemen (Canadian - was raised in the Netherlands but has a Canadian father)
Tormis Laine (Estonian)

Veselin Tzinov (Bulgarian)

Willis Feasey (New Zealand)

Yuzuru Hanyu (Japanese)

On My Mind: 2-22-18

Poster featuring Svetlana

Svetlana, Sveta, and Severija - I've been watching and enjoying Babylon Berlin on Netflix. It's a German TV show following a cop new to Berlin who uncovers much more than he signed up for.
One of the characters in the show is Countess Svetlana "Sveta" Sorokina, a white Russian who sings at a cabaret, and who is playing all the sides - she is lover to Trotskyist Alexei Kardakov, right wing industrialist Alfred Nyssen, and is even working for the Soviet secret police.
Svetlana (called Sveta by her lover) comes from the Slavic svet, meaning "light, world". Interestingly enough, it is sometimes used as a translation of Photine, most likely because they have the same meanings. The character is played by a Lithuanian actress named Severija Janušauskaitė. I couldn't find any information on the name, but I assume it's a form of Severa or Severina.

Zaida - At work the other day there was a little girl called Zaida. It was pronounced "ZAY-da" and I thought it had a wonderful, modern, slightly sci-fi sound to it. Zaida is Arabic, and the feminine form of Zayd or Zaid, and means "to increase".


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