Kenya?

(35 Posts)
justhayley Tue 23-Apr-13 17:37:27

so I was in the park this afternoon when I heard a mum call her little girl "Kenya" at first I thought why on earth would you call your child Kenya, then I turned around to see a little blonde curly head girl in a hippy dress and it really really suited her.
Don't think I'd be brave enough to use it but the more I think about it he more I like it.
What do you think?

KittenofDoom Thu 25-Apr-13 10:22:20

Paris comes from the earliest inhabitants the Parisii tribe, they were Gaulish so the name may have been 'Romanised' later. Virginia is a reference to Elizabeth I (the "Virgin Queen").

Sorry to be nerdy but I find this sort of thing interesting.

Moominsarehippos Thu 25-Apr-13 10:35:33

Virginia is a roman name (super nerdy grin)

RealityQuake Thu 25-Apr-13 11:15:10

Dakota is an exonym of part of a group of people within the Lakota nation. People within the communities tend to act like Moominsarehippos's friend at the trend of using Native nation names as given names or place names (common joke that Americans like to name such after people and plants that they've at least tried to move from that place - so many oak avenues in places where there are no longer any oaks).

Kenya as a word comes from a British inability to pronounce the original name of a mountain in the indigenous language correctly (which is why its pronunciation has changed over the years). Not sure I'd want that type of meaning attached to me.

Yika Fri 26-Apr-13 22:01:08

I'm not particularly a fan of place names but I like the idea of Kenya as a name. I also know a Kenna which is somewhat similar.

HoveringKestrel Sat 27-Apr-13 22:03:45

No......Just No. Kenya = NO. Like Girliefriend says, Kendra is better (despite it being a Vampire Slayer from Buffy)

nooka Sat 27-Apr-13 22:10:13

I met a little girls called America once. That's about as bad as Kenya. Apart from not being particularly recognisable as a person's name I don't think it sounds very attractive. I would not want personally to be called Kenya (or India or America or any other place name for that matter).

Moominsarehippos Sat 27-Apr-13 23:17:07

Isn't Ugly Betty's real name America?

Laquila Sat 27-Apr-13 23:23:01

Emma Thompson's daughter is called Gaia.

I don't really like Kenya as a name but only because the only one I ever knew pronounced it Keen-ya, which just sounds horribly colonial to my ears. Also, her real name was Catherine - she just called herself Keen-ya to sound more interesting. Ugh.

Still18atheart Sat 27-Apr-13 23:25:21

Moomin Yes it is

I personally wouldn't call my child that but I quite like it

KittenofDoom Sun 28-Apr-13 00:47:30

America is a bona fide Spanish/Portuguese female name. The continent was named after Amerigo Vespucci, America is the feminine version of Amerigo. Can't see anything wrong with it, it's like a combination of Amelia or Amanda and Erica.

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