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Olympic Names 2018: Part Two

On to the men now!

Asa Miller (Filipino-American)

Blaise Giezendanner (French)

Casper Dyrbye Næsted (Danish)
Charles "Chay" Genoway (Canadian)

Dorian Hauterville (French)

Florent Claude (Belgian)

Gilmore Junio (Canadian)

Ilkka Herola (Finnish)
Irineu Esteve Altimiras (Andorran)

Jan Vrba (Czech)
Jules Lapierre (French)

Lascelles Brown (Canadian - born and raised in Jamaica)
Lennard "Len" Väljas (Canadian - is of Estonian descent)
Linden Vey (Canadian)

MacKenzie Boyd-Clowes (Canadian)
Maxence Parrot (Canadian)

Neville Wright (Canadian)

Odirlei Pessoni (Brazilian)

Pekka Koskela (Finnish)
Pita Taufatofua (Tongan)

Rhys Thornbury (New Zealand)
Ristomatti Hakola (Finnish)

Stanislau Hladchenko (Belarusian)

Teal Harle (Canadian)
Ted-Jan Bloemen (Canadian - was raised in the Netherlands but has a Canadian father)
Tormis Laine (Estonian)

Veselin Tzinov (Bulgarian)

Willis Feasey (New Zealand)

Yuzuru Hanyu (Japanese)

On My Mind: 4-25-17

Jessica Chastain (left) with Shira Haas in "The Zookeeper's Wife"
Bora - Recently my father met a woman from Albania. Her name was Alba, but she also revealed her sister's name - Bora. She explained that it meant "snow", and it was chosen for her because she was born during the month of January.

Shira - I saw "The Zookeeper's Wife" just a while ago (I highly recommend it!) and one of the most fascinating characters was played by a young woman from Israel by the name of Shira Haas. Shira means "singing" or "poetry" in Hebrew.

Efrat - Another actress in the film is another Israeli actress named Efrat Dor. Efrat is the Hebrew form of Biblical Ephrath, meaning "fruitful place". Ephrath was not only the name of one of Caleb's wives, it was also the name of the place where Rachel is buried.

Iddo - Actor Iddo Goldberg was born in Israel but his family moved to London when he was ten. Before starring in "The Zookeeper's Wife", you might have glimpsed him Peaky Blinders or Salem, in which his wife plays the witch Tituba. Iddo was the father of Ahinadab in the Bible.


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