Sunday Summary: 2.18.18

Are you watching the Olympics?

I’ve written about Red, which might prove influential, and Mirai, which strikes me as a naming just ready to be discovered.

But C in DC raised a question about Pita, the name of the Tongan flagbearer who walked into the winter games shirtless and won the internet. I’m pretty sure it’s a form of the evergreen Peter. That’s also one possible explanation for Peeta, the name of a major Hunger Games character. But is this a possible boy’s name? Or is it bread, plain and simple?

Neither spelling is really used in the US, so as of now, the answer is no. But what flips the switch, and transforms something from not-a-name to name-I’ll-consider? It’s an interesting thing to ponder …

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That’s all for this week! As always, thank you for reading – and have a great week!

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What do you think?


  1. I’ve used Onyx for a female character in an RPG. She was a sister to Jett & Coal. I like it better as a girl name than a boy. I wouldn’t use it for my own kid because it doesn’t fit with our established style (and because all my kids tend to be blond) but I think it’s a beautiful name.

  2. When I saw Ciara’s daughter’s name earlier in the week, I immediately looked up Ciara’s full name. Her middle name is also Princess!

  3. Looking up Pita I found a cool list of Samoan names (Pita is one) I’m sure readers will see the influence of the King James Version of the bible in Tonga. Just to be clear Samoa and Tonga are different countries with different language and culture but they are both Polynesian so there are some similarities of language etc. I particularly like their version of David: Tavita.

  4. Pita the Tongan athlete is the epitome of great sportsmanship and such an inspiration. I really wish his name wasn’t associated with bread in English (and other languages).