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tintin..what is it short for

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zippitippitoes Wed 10-Sep-08 15:00:05

..would it be a nice name

filthymindedvixen Wed 10-Sep-08 15:01:05


now that's ringing bells grin

bronze Wed 10-Sep-08 15:01:59

oh that made me chuckle (sorry)

CountessDracula Wed 10-Sep-08 15:03:14

Even the name "Tintin" remains a mystery, whether it is a first name or a surname is unknown. A possibility is that it is not actually the reporter's real name, but rather a pseudonym that the character uses to protect his identity while writing columns for his newspaper: Le Petit Vingtième. At the time when the stories first came out, journalists' usage of pseudonyms was commonplace. The possibility that it may not be his real name is also hinted in Cigars of the Pharaoh when Tintin is accused of poisoning one of a notable sheik's servants. Having been captured and brought to his tent, the enraged sheik demands Tintin's name. Tintin's characteristically placid answer is: "My name? It won't mean a thing to you...but at home they call me Tintin."

A simpler theory for his name is the fact that Franco-Belgian comics at the time generally had heroes with eccentric, memorable single names that could pass off as[first names or surnames. Many people tend to think of "Tintin" as a surname, but it is likely that Hergé meant to keep it a mystery. Hergé was a great admirer of Benjamin Rabier and derived the name (and hairstyle) from Rabier's Tintin lutin (1897).

bronze Wed 10-Sep-08 15:05:04

Apparently Tintin in polynesian means "sweet"

zippitippitoes Wed 10-Sep-08 15:05:42

it would be nice and simple no having to worry about what haircut to have or what to call your dog

and he could go to one of those schools where they wear knickerbockers

scattercushion Wed 10-Sep-08 15:06:48

You could say it's short for Justin or similar even if that's not strictly true. Agree v cute name.

zippitippitoes Wed 10-Sep-08 15:07:56

i think a french dad would be cool...bring him up bilingual

scattercushion Wed 10-Sep-08 15:09:51

Belgian buns all round.

filthymindedvixen Wed 10-Sep-08 15:30:43

Belgian buns make you all round grin
(with a cherry on the top)

TheNaughtiestGirlIsaMonitor Wed 10-Sep-08 15:36:54

nn for Tristan?

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 11-Sep-08 08:59:24

But what would you call your dog, Zippi? Would you go for Snowy, which is the English version, Milou (French) or Bobbie (Dutch)?

devonsmummy Thu 11-Sep-08 12:38:08

I knew a TinTin - he's a biker in his 40's.

i asked him where it came from and he said his real name was Martin but he hated people dropping the T, so Tin solved the problem.

Strange as I was thinking of this just the other day - haven't seen him for 11 years.

zippitippitoes Thu 11-Sep-08 12:39:44

well i was thinking snowy

cant decide whether the dad should be belgian now

i like the french books tho

decisions decisions

zippitippitoes Thu 11-Sep-08 12:40:20

trisatn is nice too

could be plausible

dont like martin or justin particularly

zippitippitoes Thu 11-Sep-08 12:40:50

i have never been to belgium or mat anyone from there

Cadelaide Thu 11-Sep-08 12:41:17

There was a female Tintin in Thunderbirds.

Cadelaide Thu 11-Sep-08 12:42:07

so what?, i hear you ask.

zippitippitoes Thu 11-Sep-08 12:42:48

tintin or tingting

thats a pop band isnt it

dont want him muddled up with them

georgiemum Thu 11-Sep-08 12:43:04

Rin Tin Tin?

devonsmummy Thu 11-Sep-08 12:44:18


scattercushion Thu 11-Sep-08 16:25:17

Call him Steven after Steven Tin Tin Duffy.

Blu Thu 11-Sep-08 16:27:44

Sister could be called CanCan.

ethanchristopher Fri 12-Sep-08 20:26:58

coud be timothy?

TheDuchessOfNork Fri 12-Sep-08 20:31:52


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