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What's your Esperanto name?

Saluton!

I'm trying to make sure I have my "Esperanto name" correct.

Mia nomo estas Nicole..... Estas mia nomo en la Esperanto Nikolo au Nikola? (or am I completely off!)

I believe from the earlier lesson notes, a famale's name in Esperanto can end in either an "o" or an "a".

Kiu estas via nomo en Esperanto?

Dankon!

2 years ago

66 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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My Esperanto name is Tomaso. It's easy enough for me since my name is common enough to have a "standard" form in Esperanto. I really like it when people call me Tomaso. In fact, it feels weird when people call me anything else in Esperanto.

As for your Esperanto name, there are a few common approaches. The first, which what I've done, is to use the standard Esperanto form of your name. This only works if you have a fairly common name.

A second choice would be to pick a nickname using the -cxjo or -njo endings. Since you're a woman, you'd use -njo. It would give you something like Ninjo or Nikonjo - both very cool names, if you ask me.

The third possibility is to do nothing. Just use your name as is. "Saluton, mia nomo estas Nicole" - you may have to explain how to spell it or pronounce it. This is not a bad approach if you have an easy name to spell and pronounce -- and you do. /nikol'/.

Another option would be to respell your name so that people can pronounce it with out asking, or even "invent" your own Esperanto name. Many women like names that end in A. This would give you Nikol' or Nikola. Personally, I'm not very fond of Nikola - but since you're the one who will have to "come on time for supper" when called, that's really your choice. Just remember, it would be pronounced ni-KOL-a. (If you like it, then I like it too.)

Finally, you can pick a new name, use a middle name, or even translate your name. This might work if you had an especially exotic name, but I wouldn't suggest this option for you (unless you have a great middle name that you really love more than Nicole.)

I don't believe there is a standard translation of Nicole, but I recall that Nicholas is Nikolao - which would suggest Nikola for a woman. So... you have a few options.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Issy_Hirt

That is really cool. But what would mine be? My full name is Isabella but people just call me Bella.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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"Bela" is a wonderful Esperanto name.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Issy_Hirt

but doesn't that mean beautiful as well? won't that be confusing?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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No. Not at all. I knew a guy named Reĝo. Nobody ever thought he was really a king.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PhoenixTKAR

Plus, in english anyway, plenty of people have names that are also words ... June, Rose, Iris, Daisy, etc. I suspect it's probably the case in other languages too. So why not also in Esperanto?

In english my name is Phoenix. In esperanto conversations I prefer Fenikso, which is also the esperanto work for phoenix.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IsaacLaws1

I believe it is: Nikolasino. (See this link. I am learning Esperanto on my other account, without the 1). Peace! http://www.esperanto-chicago.org/nomoj.htm

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/balou67
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Nikol', Nikolo, Nikola, Nikolin', Nika, Ninjo, Nikonjo… Via plej bela nomo estas tiu kiu plaĉas kaj taŭgas al vi :) El la supraj proponoj, nur Nika "malĝustas". Sed nomoj aŭ pseŭdonimoj estu liberaj^^

Bonan daŭrigadon! ;) Kriĉjo. (France, Christian)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Ho - "Nika" estas cxarma nomo.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColdBlaze
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I think mine would simply be Djlan or as a nickname Djlĉjo.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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You might want to see Vanna and buy a vowel. (What's your given name?)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColdBlaze
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It's Dylan, and yeah I kind of laughed when I saw my Esperanto nickname written down.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Ah, that explains the J. In this case, the Y would transform to an I, not to a J. Nothing wrong with Dilĉjo.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColdBlaze
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It's still quite a mouthful :P; guess I'll stick with just Dilan, then.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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This is fine of course, but keep in mind that as easy as "Dylan" is for you, it is not easy for everybody everywhere.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanjoPacejo

Saluton! I go by the name of Janjo in Esperantujo. My birth name is Jaclyn though people generally call me Jackie in English.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blUE_BaSkEt_GirL

Mi estas Emilia. :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Atentu la prononcon: e-mi-LI-a.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blUE_BaSkEt_GirL

Dankon! :)

2 years ago

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Nika is pretty cute. Nice choices there. lol Ok, Tomaso, another question. Do I have some good alternatives to "Sunjo?" I really don't care for it that much. :-P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Hmm, I really like Sunjo. Anything wrong with Suzu? Suzana?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuzuLingu
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You do? Oh. It just sounds kind of unusual to me. I've used both of the other names for online identities a lot. I suppose I'll have to think about it, then. Thanks for the suggestions.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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It's a happy name - like sunshine. Sunny.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuzuLingu
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Hi again, Tomaso. :-) OH? Oh. LOL Interesting. I just picked that up from the examples of names in the lessons. Wow. That puts it in a whole new light. :-)))

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Light - lumo - haha

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iron_bun
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I'm pretty sure it would be "Fera Kuniklo"

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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That's a fine Esperanto screen name, but a rather odd Esperanto name.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

Tio estas bona nomo al mi!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SavvyAdam
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Saluton, mia nomo estas Adamo.

I guess its obvious my name is Adam ( as its use throughout the course and no I don't know Sofia).

Does this naming thing work with all names, i.e., last names, middle names?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Occasionally you'll find people with Esperanto middle names and last names. Personally I find it excessive.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GodSeesYou
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I think that's correct

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatKoures

Does anyone know how to make the name Katie and Kate Esperanto?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dema90
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What about "Kejti"? :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KatKoures

That works. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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Hmm, Iona-Sky, lots of people call me Sky so I suppose i could go with Cxielo, not sure i like the sound though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pripensi
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Kupero, el Cooper. ^^

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blessedwhitney

I had to make up a new one. My name (Whitney) has letters that don't exist in Esperanto and doesn't end well. I have this problem in nearly every language I tackle (w is weird I guess).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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What did you come up with? In your case, you could go with using your regular name and explaining it all the time. Another is to use a short name with -njo. Vinjo is cute and snappy.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sesflankoj

Or, if she likes the 't': Vitnjo. It's pretty close to her name as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Sed -tnj- ne estas facile prononcebla. Eble "Vitjo." La forigo de la -n- ne estas tradica, sed estas famaj antauxajxoj. Claude Piron nomis sin "Klauxdjo."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jzsuzsi
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What if you replace w with v? Vitni, Vhitni, Vhitno, Vhitna, Vhitnino...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

I don't know, something I've thought about. On twitter I go by Jocxjo (From John) but if I wanted to be talked to in Esperanto, I think a simple "Jon" would suffice.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/taylorleigh93

Mia nomo estas Taylor sed mia esperanto nomo estas Teodoro, ĉar mi ne pensas ke "Tejloro" aŭ variadoj sonas bonan.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoaoDSouza
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Rangxodho, or Ronio.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pardijn
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what is Nina in Esperanto?

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Tio estas bela kaj tauxga nomo por Esperanto.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kriocxjo
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Kris to Kriso, Kristo, Kriĉjo, Krinjo, Krioĉjo- I think I like the last one best.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Is that a boys' name or girls' name?

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kriocxjo
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Male but female spelling

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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In that case "Krinjo" wouldn't work.

Here are my thoughts -- take them for whatever they're worth.

  • Kristoforo is a fine Esperanto name.
  • Kris is also OK (but wouldn't work well with the -n ending.)
  • There was in infamous Esperantist 10 years ago or so named "Kricxjo" and some people (myself included) might have a negative association with that name. This doesn't necessarily mean "don't use it" - but make an informed decision.
  • If you wanted to buck tradition slightly you could go with "Krisjo" - also a fine name.
  • Kriocxjo strikes me as the oddest in the bunch - what is it even short for - but if you like it, go for it. Don't worry about "uncle."
10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kriocxjo
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Multan dankon! Maybe I might change it though. Looking at the dictionary - Krio is a cry or shout , then kriogeniko or akiro as acquisition. Maybe Kristoforo is not so bad for a name.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kriocxjo
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Except ocxjo is "uncle" so I don't know if that would work in a name.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HaleyRydho

My name is Haley. I've recently discovered Esperanto and immediately became interested in the language. I was wondering what my name would be, would the Y change into a J like other languages or would the double E sound make it something different? Thanks for your help!! I appreciate it greatly!

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Saluton Haley,

I wrote a comment above with several approaches for Esperanto names. I was recently reminded of the importance of Esperantizing names at a conference where there were a few Italian Esperantists. I could understand them very well and often forgot that they were "different" in any way. They were just fellow Esperanto speakers... until they pronounced a name. Every name just flew by my ears because it was pronounced with an accent with which I was not familiar. This is why it's important, at the very least, to speak with an Esperanto accent.

So, since "Haley" doesn't seem to have a standard Esperanto form (unless you want to use the biblical name "Ĥali"), you could consider some of the approaches I mention above.

pick a nickname using the -cxjo or -njo endings. Since you're a woman, you'd use -njo.

It would give you something like Hanjo or Halinjo - both very cool names, if you ask me.

Just use your name as is. "Saluton, mia nomo estas (Haley)" - you may have to explain how to spell it or pronounce it.

This is not a bad approach if you have an easy name to spell and pronounce -- and you do. /Hejli/.

Another option would be to respell your name so that people can pronounce it with out asking, or even "invent" your own Esperanto name. Many women like names that end in A.

Some choices would be Hali, Hejli, or Halia.

Finally, you can pick a new name, use a middle name, or even translate your name. This might work if you had an especially exotic name, but I wouldn't suggest this option for you (unless you have a great middle name that you really love [...].)

Ditto for Haley.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/madsciencer
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Hmm, I just started learning Esperanto today, and I'm not sure what to do about my name, Morgan. Morgano seems kind of grim, but Mocxjo is mailbox?

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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I don't understand the comment about mailbox, but from my perspective, "Morgano" is a righteously cool Esperanto name.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sabrina.kk

Hi, my name is Sabrina and I was wondering if my name could be changed a bit to sound more natural in Esperanto.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Antaŭ kelkaj tagoj mi parolis kun Esperantisto kiu nomiĝas Sabrina (ĉu vi?) kaj mi diris al ŝi ke tio estas bona Esperanta nomo. Ne necesas esperatigi ĝin ĉar ĝi jam estas Esperanta.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DylenMcMil

Wow, I'm really late for this but I would like some confirmation on what my name could be. I'm relatively new to Esperanto but I like to think I'm advancing pretty fast and understanding it decently well. Back on topic--My English name is "Dylen" and something I like as a name is "Dileno" would this be in accordance with names in Esperanto?

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mbalicki
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The English name Dylen is a less common variation of the name Dylan, a name of Welsh origin meaning “son of the sea, born from the ocean”.

Your name isn’t popular outside the English-speaking world and so there are no versions in other languages that should be consulted when coming up with an internationalised form of the name. Thus, in Esperanto you can either use the form Dileno (phonetic esperantisation) or decide to make it a tiny little bit more recognisable by linking it with other people bearing the original form of the name and call yourself Dilano.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaj-Forto

Mia nomo angla estas Jarom. Antaŭ mi sciis pri esperanto, mi ŝatis "Kai"/"Kaj" en esperanto. Ĉu konfuzegus? Ĉu pli bona uzi mia nomo angla? Mi estas komencanto. Mi petas korekti mi.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mbalicki
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Could you say in English what you meant? I'd be happy to correct your comment, but I have to know what were you trying to say. :)

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaj-Forto

My name is Jarom. Before I knew about Esperanto, I liked the name Kai. In Esperanto, it would be "Kaj." Would that be too confusing? Is it better to use my English name? I am a beginner. Please correct me.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Tio memorigas min pri "Kaja" (Kia) de Incubus.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaj-Forto

Unu motivo estas la senco. Mi tradukas tion signifi "Together." Ankaŭ sama por la nomo "Ami." Mi voli la senco.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnKing147785
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Johano

1 month ago