Re: [Czechlist] Names
- On 3.7.2013 17:18, James Kirchner wrote:
> 1. Does Czech law still restrict the names parents can give to their children? (Is it still possible for a baby to remain in the hospital for two weeks while his father fights to name her Paula instead of Pavla?)I believe there are still restrictions in place; however, they are more
relaxed now. I seriously doubt that our overcrowded maternity hospitals
would detain anyone for this reason.
> 2. Is it possible to any degree to tell from a Czech person's first name their probable age and their probable socio-economic class? When I was there, I didn't think it was possible, but maybe Czechs noticed a subtlety that I didn't.Inspired by Freakonomics? :-)
It is definitely not the case with most first names, since we still tend
to choose from a rather limited set.
That said, uncommon names might give a hint. For instance, upon hearing
the first name Vanesa, Cindy, Mia or anything of this "imported" kind, I
would imagine a young girl (let's say under 20). Esmeralda could be
about 16 (the Esmeralda series was first broadcast in Czech TV in 1997),
while Jenovefa would probably be a very old lady.
I also have a politically incorrect feeling that a Natalie has a good
chance of being a gypsy (even though I personally know a few
exceptions), and this feeling has nothing to do with the much publicized
arson case but rather with the names I used to hear around our neighborhood.
Regarding Vietnamese kids, I'd say that they either have a Vietnamese
name easily identifiable as such (Van, Tran, ...), or a common Czech
name that does not hint anything.
Now, my statistical sample is rather limited, so I would not be
surprised if others disagree with any of the above.
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- By the way, my daughter is Hana, as are both of her grandmothers ;-)
4. 7. 2013 v 0:34, :
> Ahoj, v rychlosti k prvnimu dotazu (zoufale se mi chce spat a musim_______________________________________________
> jeste doprelozit dve stranky).
> V CR existuje jedina soudni znalkyne pres jmena. Napsala knizku, ta je
> pro matrikarky bible - co v ni je, akceptuji. Jsou tam i hodne netypicka
> jmena. Ale, pokud tam jmeno neni, musi rodice (idealne pred porodem)
> pozadat soudni znalkyni o posudek, pred par lety to bylo za 500 Kc - ona
> nahledne do madarskeho kalendare, do polskeho kalendare... a vyrkne
> ortel, zda se dite takto jmenovat muze ci nikoliv.
> Osobne si myslim, ze by velmi prospelo, kdyby nejaka absolventka
> bohemistiky napsala diplomku na jmena, predlozila na soud potvrzeni od
> par matrikarek, ze soudni znalkyne vyhotovuje posudky pomalu, a posleze
> by pozadala o jmenovani s tim, ze stavajici znalkyne nestaci pokryt
> Fakt by to chtelo zrusit monopol...
> Hanka (nejaka ta pravdepodobnost vyskytu jmen tu bude - na stredni skole
> nas ze 17 holek bylo 5 Han a ted?... aby clovek mimino Hanu hledal
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