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Spur-winged goose takes off, narrowly missing a young male impala

Jester – I am not sure if this is meant to be Chester, or Jester. Maybe the parents are fans of Top Gun.

Hunky – The baby was not particularly big, just over 3kg at birth. And is growing normally. I wonder if the parents are fans of Marvel Superheroes and the Incredible Hunk. Or perhaps they see him growing up to be a bodybuilder.

Donoraold – This is how it was spelled. But Zambians have trouble with “R” and “L” consonants, often mixing them up. It is clear that this is Donald, as in Trump.

Arthur Chizzy – Arthur is a fine name, but partnered with Chizzy makes it sound like a spiv.

Ebeneziah – I called out for the next patient, “Ebenezer Zulu?” and a young lady came forward. “No, I called for a man, Ebenezer,” I said. “This is my book,” she said, “My name is Ebeneziah.” Okay, I am all for inventing new names, updating the Biblical classics, such as Jehosophat and Isiaiah. But who wants to be called Ebeneziah?

Gudlak – At first it sounded Norwegian, but then it became obvious as I said it.

Honeycomb on a big baobab tree. The bees have abandoned it, and honey guides, one of the only two types of birds who can digest wax, are gradually nibbling it away.

Proud and Praise – Twins, P and P. Alliteration.

Prince and Princess – Twins, but premature and not doing very well at present.

Prince and Prosper – Twins, P and P again. I reckon that they have found inspiration from Jane Austen.

Destiny – Ambitious

Sagacious – and I have met a Wisdom, too.

Golden – I have heard of an American football player called Golden Tate

Marvellous – But of course.

Bottle – This man told me that his previous two siblings had died in infancy, so he was given the name Bottle as his life was going to be poured out soon. He was in his 40s now. I recall another lady from Swaziland who had a similar tragic family, with nine children not surviving to adolescence. She was called (in siSwati) “Sorry going to die soon”. She was over 50.

Fatness – Delicious, no issues of body image here in Zambia

Mobile shoe and pant shop. Crocs definitely live on in the Luangwa Valley

Loveness – I asked the health inspector what he would do if he had been called Loveness as a child. He said he would change his name to Derrick. Which is what it is now.

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

2 replies on “Names”

Names do say a lot about the parents’ hopes (or doubts) about their child, don’t they? I do rather love the sound of “Sagacious Fatness Prunesquallor.” 🙂

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