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Forget the bible belt, now we’ve got the Jesus belt:

From the blurb at BabyNameWizard, “unlike most Christians, who decline to use the name Jesus out of respect, Christians in the Spanish-speaking world commonly bestow it to bring the bearer under the special protection of the son of God.”

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  1. Here is some totally unsubstantiated speculation on my part as to why Spaniards and later their imperial diaspora use the name Jesus alone among Christians:

    Spain was ruled for centuries by Muslims, who left a cultural imprint on Iberia (e.g., the presence of Arabic-origin words in the Spanish language). The use of that religion's founder as a name for sons is not considered taboo among Muslims; indeed, Muhammad has long been the most popular name bestowed on Muslim boys. Perhaps that level of comfort with naming one's son after the chief figure of one's religion wended its way into the Spanish culture as other Arab-Islamic elements did.

  2. The Coen brothers already joked about it:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IONyLZn0pLI

    Nobody fucks with THE Jesus!

  3. Gwermo is my favorite, that's a funny name. I call them all Gwermo as a joke.

  4. Its nt just Jesus was once taboo; in medieval Poland for some time also "Mary" was considered taboo name, just as the some names reserved solely for the kings.

  5. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Jesus is just a variant of Joshua.

    Anyway, the really arrogant name to use is Chris, which means savior or messiah.

    So, English speakers really are the ones with the log of arrogance in their eye if they look askance at Spanish speakers using Jesus, which was a common ordinary name like Mary and Joseph. No one, however, named their kid Chris, because that is a title not a name.

  6. Dan says:

    "So, English speakers really are the ones with the log of arrogance in their eye if they look askance at Spanish speakers using Jesus, which was a common ordinary name like Mary and Joseph. No one, however, named their kid Chris, because that is a title not a name."

    Nice rant about those Europeans and their subtle oppression — I am sure your essays must have pleased your professors — but next time go for correctness too. Chris*t* is the title; Chris is just short for Christian or Christopher which means follower of Christ. I have never met anyone named Christ. Have you?

  7. Jesus is just a variant of Joshua.

    A variant, not identical, hence the different evolution of the names into modern English. Jacob and James are both descended from Yaakov (Hebrew)/Yacoub (Aramaic), but have evolved separately into European languages.

  8. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    "I have never met anyone named Christ."

    I have met women name Kristi, not short for something else. That sounds pretty much identical to Christi, which is a form of Christ as in Pax Christi.

    I don't get the part about Euros and oppression. Both Spanish and English are european.

  9. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Anonymous:"I have met women name Kristi, not short for something else. That sounds pretty much identical to Christi, which is a form of Christ as in Pax Christi."

    Kristi/Christie is short for Christina/Christine/Kristine, etc. As with Alec, Alex, Lex, etc (diminutives of Alexander) it has become a name in its own right.

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