Sunday, June 20, 2010

4 Pablo vs 13 Crispin; 4 Gustavo vs 13 Garvey

Thanks to everybody for voting on our last two name bracket posts!

Ulysses edged out D'Artagnan 8-6, while Tiago defeated Finn 10-4.
Asher barely overcame Azariah 8-7, while in our first TIE ever, Emerson and Landon went 8-8. The overtime ruling by referee (Garrett's sister, Ginger) however is for Landon! Guess Garrett's pick loses...

Our new match-up is:

From the HISTORICAL region, 4 Pablo vs 13 Crispin.
From the INTERNATIONAL region, 4 Gustavo vs 13 Garvey.

Siobhan: Pablo is from the poet Pablo Neruda, a Chilean poet. I first heard his poetry when I watched the movie, Il Postino. He helped a postman write his feelings in poems for a young lady in the movie. "I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride; so I love you because I know no other way." As for the next match up, I have always liked watching the Muppets and Sesame Street. It amazed me to see puppets moving and talking. I just read that Kermit the frog is usually renamed in other parts of the world. Guess what his name is in Spain? That is right, Gustavo! Woohoo, go Gustavo!

Gar: Crispin comes from the name of a 3rd century Christian saint who was eventually martyred for his faith. The name is also famous because of Shakespeare's Henry V play, with Henry V's noble speech before battle:

And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother

Garvey is a reference to Marcus Garvey, the Black nationalist and Pan-African movement advocate. He was also a powerful speaker and fought the recognition of the humanity of African Americans in face of the blatant Western colonialism of his era. Check out a recording of one his speeches. One of his quotes: No race has the last word on culture or civilization and Liberate the minds of men, and ultimately, you will liberate the bodies of men.

Siobhan: Garvey sounds too similar to Harvey. I am not sure if the name pulls through this match up that it will be strong enough for the future match up. Who doesn't like Kermit the frog? As for Crispin, I am reminded of the children's chapter book, Crispin by Avi. A boy who doesn't know where he comes from searches for his true identity and heritage. Hmmm... not the storyline I would want for our son.

Gar: Well, Crispin is actually a great book from the perspective that the main character learns his Christian name is Crispin and goes on a classic adventure of self-discovery while helping others around him, the poor peasants of feudal England. And why worry about a future match-up? Let's finish this match-up first!


EDIT: Voting is now closed!


  1. Yay for summer vacation - I finally have time to vote again! =)

    My votes are for Crispin and Gustavo.
    With Garvey, I think it'd be too confusing having 2 Gar's in the house. Crispin is cool because it's unique, but still has a simple nickname - Cris.

  2. 1) Crispin

    2) Garvey. Gustavo sounds almost like Gestapo to me, which is a terrible thing.

  3. 1) Crispin - Not only for the reference to St. Crispin and the St. Crispin's Day speech in Henry V but also because of Band of Brothers' German general's speech at the end of the mini-series.

    2) Gustavo - Garvey reminds me too much of Steve Garvey who appeared to be Mr. Perfect but in reality cheated on his wife and had two paternity suits and married his mistress after the divorce. Not a great role model.

  4. Crispin. The Avi books didn't do much for the name, but Crispin Glover redeems the name. Mr. Glover was named after the speech in Henry v.

    Gustavo, for the same reasons as Miragene.

  5. Crispin (anything C!)

    Gustavo (garvey garrett chan... that's weird...) :)

    this marathon of voting is exhausting!

  6. Pablo. I like the sound of Pablo. Crispin Glover - type cased as ultimate creepy guy, or George McFly. If Crispin wins, his nickname will be McFly. o_O

    Gustavo. vote NO on Garvey. odd name. Although, it sounds better if you say it with a British accent. Same with Crispin.

  7. The only Crispin I've heard of is Crispin Glover who is all kinds of weird. I don't know if I'd want to follow in those foot steps. Pablo is good. Plus, how can I say no to a Spanish name with a Chinese surname? My vote is for Pablo.

    I'm not a big fan of last names being adopted as first names. Garvey is better than most, but Gustavo is still better.

  8. I am just watching "Are you smarter than a 5th grader". Pablo is one of the classmates. He is smart. Also, I put together a children play long time ago called "The Small One" and the main character is Pablo who gave his donkey for Mary to ride on. Pablo, it is.

    I have to go with Garvey because one of our maintenance guys at work is Gustavo. It would be a little confusing when I talk about my grandson if his name also is Gustavo.

  9. Crispin, Pablo will always remind me of Pablo Sandoval, I'm not sure if you want your kid to be a Kung Fu Panda...

    Gustavo, because it sounds awesome and it's my entry!

    -- Joey

  10. I do love Pablo Neruda, BUT...Crispin and Gustavo.

  11. I'm all about Pablo. I named my hippo Pablo, and everyone loves him. Crispin sounds too much like a snack food- "Crispin' Crunchies"?

    Gustavo- mostly because Garvey could get mixed up with "Gravy". Gustavo has gusto!

    PS. Love your teachery posts- so educational!