Living in Honduras or Guatemala as a foreigner is sometimes hard, mostly fun and never boring. This Blog is about more than just the oddities of my years in the not-so tranquil, cobble-stoned town of Copán Ruinas and, more recently, Antigua Guatemala. Hence Serendipity, the gift of finding without seeking…

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What's in a name ... Part II


Of course every language has its funny and interesting names. Here are a few very common ones used widely in Spanish speaking countries that are not all that strange until you take a moment to think about what they mean in translation:

Dolores (Pains)
Bárbara (Cruel female person)
Cielo (Heaven)
Aguas (Waters, ponds)
Inocencia (Innocence)
Julio (July, Julius)
Domingo (Sunday)
Purifcación (Purification)
Alba (Dawn)
Clara Luz (Clear Light)
Aura (Aura)
Sol (Sun)
Solangel (Sun Angel)
Ángel (Angel)
Marisol (Sea and Sun)
Refugio (Refuge)
Concepción (Conception)
Esperanza (Hope)
Milagros (Miracles)
Ángeles (Angles)
Salvador (Saviour)
Santos (Saints)
Encarnación (Incarnation)
Asunción (Ascension)
Cruz (Cross)
Mártir (Martyr)
Jesús (Jesus)
Remedios (Remedies)
Mercedes (Mercies, not a car. The car was actually named after the girl!)

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