Kinga Kolosinska competed in the Rio Olympics this summer. The commentators thoroughly enjoyed discussing her unusual name.
One tiny hitch: her name only seems unusual in English. Elsewhere, it is used as often as Jane. Thanks to Meg for suggesting our Baby Name of the Day.
Kinga sounds royal. But this name’s roots trace back to the Germanic Cunigunde. Or Kunigunde or Kunegunda, or … you get the idea. See the entry at the Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources for an even longer list.
Kuni refers to family or a clan, while gund means battle.