Friday, March 23, 2012

Names In Greek

Have you ever wondered how your name will sound or be written in Greek?No? Neither did I until I came here. Ι always thought my name is Veronica but boy was I wrong!
Greece is the only country I know of that literally translates names. If you have a name that can be assimilated easily than you are off easy.. if not.. Well, good luck! Here is for example how Woody Allen is written in Greek - Γουντι Αλεν - which would be read [ghudi][alen] or Angelina Jolie - Αντζελίνα Ζολί - [adzelina][Zoli]

What happens is that "unidentified" names are written phonemically in the limits of the Greek alphabet. So you take a foreign name, you adapt it to Greek  pronunciation and than you re-write it with the letters available in the Greek alphabet.
The same rule applies to company names. Apparently there is a law forcing companies to have their names in Greek and/or with Greek characters. Can you guess what "Ετουαλ" - read [etual] - comes from? I know it took me long enough to figure it out. It comes from the French word "étoile", star.


Here is a perfect example of translation:"Ντενζελ Ουασινγκτον" - read [denzel uasington] - and Ραϊαν Ρεϊνολντς - read [raian reinolds].

You can leave me a comment to this post with your name and I'll try to "translate" it into Greek if you want but don't shoot the messenger.

3 comments:

  1. How will my name translate? My name is Nikos :D

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  2. Not fair, yours is the most common (remember the movie? Nikos, Nikos, Nikos, Nikos...and Nikos!)

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    1. Yes, Μερ, you're right. So many Νικος in this world:)) what can I say some people need to use their imagination more:P

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