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post #1 of 90 (permalink) Old 03-07-2005, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Players name meanings

I don't know if this kind of thread already existed (if it did sorry... ), but I was just wondering if there are any players whose name signify anything in their own language (or in other languages...)
I'm mainly talking about first names, but if there are interesting meanings for last names then it's cool too.

For example, in Hebrew Noam (Okun) is like grace, or something pleasent, doing something in a nice way.
And Yonatan (Jonathan Erlich) is "god gave" like a present from god or something like this...

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Tommy HAAS (haas = hare in Dutch)
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Mmm... I only know that "Rafael" is an arch angel... Like me!

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Nadal means Christmas in Catalan.

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Paradorn = brother
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Mariano Puerta = Mariano Door
Guillermo Cañas = William Rods or William Canes
Albert Montañes = Albert Highlander
Albert Costa = Albert Coast or Albert Shore
Santiago Ventura = Santiago Happiness or Santiago Fortune
Ramon Delgado = Ramon Slim or Ramon Thin
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post #7 of 90 (permalink) Old 03-07-2005, 12:16 PM
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A friend of mine once told me that Nalbandian means blacksmith in Armenian - but not speaking Armenian myself I can't vouch for that 100%.


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Kiefer means jaw, pine or jawbone.
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Speaking of Kiefer.... Nicolas comes from Greek goddess of victory, Nike and "laos" which is the people, Nicolas is the people's winner

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well juan carlos is the king of spain's name and he was named after him, so hence 'king juan carlos ferrero'.


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Agassi means "a miss" (an unwed woman) in Korean!
The two words sound similar.

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"Ferrero" is also derived from the profession of blacksmith... and you've got similar names in many languages (German: "Schmidt" etc, Dutch: "Smets", "De Smedt" etc, English: "Smith" etc, Spanish and Italian (maybe Portuguese too? not sure) "Ferrero", "Ferrer" etc)

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Schüttler = shaker

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AGASSI = "balcony" in gujerati (Indian language)

(Yves) ALLEGRO..."lively and fast" in Italian (I remember that from music terms...please correct me if I'm wrong!)

obviously (Olivier) PATIENCE doesn't need explanation lol, nor does (Pat) RAFTER or (Mardy) FISH haha

(Michael) KOHLMANN = "cabbage man" ?! haha

(Marcelo) RIOS = "rivers"

(Sébastien) GROSJEAN = "fat John"

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would FEDERER be like "featherer"? cos isn't the German word for feather "Feder"?
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