Last week's results are in: Amelia beats Lavinia 9-4; Seona dominated Salvadora 14-0.
week's match-ups: 3 Amalia (ah-mah-lee-a) vs. 6 Georgiana from the "Pop Culture" region,
and 3 Shoshanna (sho-SHAH-nah) vs. 6 Shiomi (she-oh-mee) from the "S-Names" region.
Shiv: In our pop culture region, I chose Georgiana from my favorite BBC series, Pride and Prejudice. She has a unique name. It reminds me of Maplewood apartment days and my apartment name was "Georgia." I like the name Shoshanna because it has double use of the "sh" digraph. I just realized that most of the names in our bracket are multi-syllabic. Hmm... what does that say about us?
Gar: I think we chose multi-syllabic names because when your last name is "CHAN" (a single syllable like most Chinese family names), it just sounds better. While Georgiana has more syllables than Amalia, I dislike it because I just associate it with the mens' name 'George' (farmer). It's like when somebody makes up a name from an already existing name... like JERMAJESTY. Amalia has a beautiful meaning, it comes from Hebrew for "Work of the Lord." Plus, it's a reference to Amalia Rodrigues, the famous Portugese singer with a beautiful voice (I learned about her from NPR). As Shoshanna vs Shiomi, I'll go for the upset... Shiomi! In Japanese, when it is written with certain characters, it means "beautiful tide."
Shiv: Amalia is too close to Amelia that is already in the next round. Georgiana is a talented piano player in Pride and Prejudice. What Asian parent would not want their child to be an amazing musician? As for Jermajesty, you just used that name because it was in the most outrageous celebrity names in Parent magazine. I don't think Georgiana would fall into the same category as Kal-El, Bear Blu or Pilot Inspektor. If you want to follow in Jermaine Jackson's naming skills, you should have insisted on calling baby girl Chan, Garretta!
Gar: Oooh, what a low blow. First, Kal-El is a comic book reference and an awesome name. Second, if I ever become crazy enough to name one of my kids after me, the names would be: GARSON (boy) or GARSONA (girl). And sure, maybe Georgiana was a talented piano player in Pride and Prejudice, but she almost eloped with the evil Mr. Wickham... when she was 15! I don't want my daughter running off with any bad men, especially as a teenager. I'll send her to the Shaolin Monastery or the Holy Monastery of St. Stephen of Meteora before that happens.
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Here's a link to Baby Girl Chan's Name Bracket.