Friday, August 31, 2012

quicko: names

I'm sure that there are some names that are distinctly more American, or more Australian.  The trouble is, I'm not sure which are which.  I've been told that Kyle is American, and I've certainly never met a Lachlan in America (though I think it's really more Scottish?).  What would be some other names that are distinctly more one nationality than another?

7 comments:

Yvette Niesel said...

Mohammad :)

Laetitia :-) said...

There was a Kyle in my year at high school but that name is not common here. Randy is definitely American. Ian is much more common in Australia.

What about Scott as a first name? It's common here in Australia (at least for those of us over 30 years of age) - is it in the USA?

Laetitia :-) said...

There was a Kyle in my year at high school but that name is not common here. Randy is definitely American. Ian is much more common in Australia.

What about Scott as a first name? It's common here in Australia (at least for those of us over 30 years of age) - is it in the USA?

Laetitia :-) said...

Oh, and Kylie is an Australian name, as is Bindi (although that is not actually common here and is often short for Belinda).

Garry with 2 Rs said...

Well... maybe, but Mohammad is also the most popular male name in England, on account of most middle eastern men having it somewhere in their names.

"Kim" is pretty common in Korea, although it's a surname, not a personal name.

KIM said...

Scott's pretty common in America, though there's only an occasional Ian. Never met a Kylie nor heard of a Bindi (sounds kind of like Candy or Bambi or some other such ... suspect name).

And, yep, Garry, I'm well aware of the Korean Kim ... and many of the unfortunate combinations it can result in ...

Laetitia :-) said...

Bindi is an Aboriginal name (sound of water breaking over rocks; little girl), a Latin and German name (beautiful serpent) and Indian name (tiny drop - from whence comes the name for the mark on the forehead; small jewel) as well as short for Belinda.