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Old 14th October 2010, 03:42 PM   #21
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Why? I'm yet to see a religion without some sort of purification ritual, it could be any...
... Dunno, call it a hunch but I'm guessing that in 1930's Franco-ist, rural Spain, Budism and Shinto-ism wouldn't exactly be popular with the masses ?
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Old 23rd October 2010, 09:34 AM   #22
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Lucy Annabel,
There was a news article this week about the most popular names for kids in Spain. Here's the headline:

Daniel y Lucía, los nombres de moda entre los niños españoles
Los nombres compuestos más comunes son Miguel Ángel y Ana María


http://bit.ly/azY3Vf
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Old 29th October 2010, 12:30 AM   #23
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Apparently some of the weirdest spanish names are of germanic visigoth or ancient roman origin and are still prevalent in the most rural regions, where fashion sense regarding names remained unknown throughout ages. I wonder if this kind of names are also common in latin america or the conquistadors didnt consider the natives to be worthy of bear nothing but vulgar names - Jose, Juan, Ramon, etc..
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Old 29th October 2010, 02:15 AM   #24
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Well, here are the ten most popular boys' and girls' names in Mexico as of last year:

Nombres de niñasNombres de niños 1. María Fernanda1. Santiago 2. Valeria2. Miguel Ángel 3. Ximena3. Diego 4. María Guadalupe4. Luis Ángel 5. María José5. Alejandro 6. Camila 6. Emiliano 7. Daniela7. Eduardo 8. Mariana8. Jesús 9. Fernanda9. Leonardo 10. Sofía10. Danielaccording to this site:

http://www.babycenter.com.mx/pregnan...s-2009-mexico/

Not quite as out there as some of the Spanish choices mentioned in this thread -- although I did graduate from college with a Xochitl. Her name didn't make the list, though.
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Old 30th October 2010, 01:14 AM   #25
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Here's a list of names almost not used today in Spain.

http://www.montorfano.com.ar/nombres_en_desuso.htm

I liked Prudencio! WTF?
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Old 30th October 2010, 01:19 AM   #26
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Just this week I gained a new student called Amparo. My other students commented it was such an old-fashioned name. But I like it.
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Old 30th October 2010, 01:38 AM   #27
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Just this week I gained a new student called Amparo. My other students commented it was such an old-fashioned name. But I like it.
There were quite a few Amparos in Valencia in the early 70s.
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Old 30th October 2010, 03:46 AM   #28
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There were quite a few Amparos in Valencia in the early 70s.

My mother-in-law´s sister is called Amparo. And yes she is from Valencia. It must be for the Virgin of Los Desamparados, the local saint. There´s lot of Vicentes too because of San Vicente the patron of Valencia. Makes you wonder how strong was the faith of the people back then and how much of it has been lost in recent times.
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