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Question What's in a name?

Hi there,

I've been wondering whether some of the players' names actually mean something in their respective languages or if they sound like something. For example (since I'm German), "Kiefer" is a type of tree - pine, I think, but I'm not sure. And "Haas" is not really a word, but it sounds a lot like "Hase" which means "hare". Or "Kohlschreiber" would theoretically be someone writing on cabbage or writing 'cabbage', but of course that doesn't make any sense.

So, do other players have names that have a meaning or almost have a meaning? It'd be great if you could help me here!

I hope this hasn't been talked about before, but I searched and couldn't find anything. Sorry if there's already a thread!
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Re: What's in a name?

Grosjean = Big John?

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Slovenian player Zemlja
Zemlja=Clay


"a kad me opet gore vrati zahvalit' ću Mu prvo
što nam je dao komad zemlje što je za sebe sačuv'o"
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Re: What's in a name?

Arnaud Clément

clément adj = mild, merciful, lenient
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Re: What's in a name?

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Grosjean = Big John?
More like Fat John

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Re: What's in a name?

Michal Przysiezny = not exactly, but it could mean "Swearing Michal". I have no idea about other two Polish players, Kubot and Chadaj, it doesnt mean anything. The other Polish player you could have heard about - Olejniczak could mean "made of oil". Others are not worth mentioning, cause nobody knows them

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Re: What's in a name?

Fyrstenberg / Matkowski

Fyrstenberg is not a Polish surname, it must have German origins and in Polish it doesn't mean anything. Matkowski....hmmm....close to mother ? Just like his nickname.

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Re: What's in a name?

Frytka and Matka


"a kad me opet gore vrati zahvalit' ću Mu prvo
što nam je dao komad zemlje što je za sebe sačuv'o"
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Frytka and Matka
French fry and Mother

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Yeah, i think so too


"a kad me opet gore vrati zahvalit' ću Mu prvo
što nam je dao komad zemlje što je za sebe sačuv'o"
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henman - his ancestors raised poultry
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Nalbandian : The ancestry of those who make and install shoe for horses.

I would like to know about Roddick !
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Dlouhy = Long
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henman - his ancestors raised poultry
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Re: What's in a name?

Confederation Helvetique is just an evolution of the original which of course as all Swiss know from history lessons is Confederer Helvetique.
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