Names can be really interesting!

Это одно из упражнений для обсуждения с занятия, прошедшего в субботу, 8-го октября. Делимся!

Для начала, попробуйте поразмыслить над этими вопросами.

1. Do you know why a butterfly is called a butterfly? Is it a fly that likes butter? 🙂Dirce Beauty Colobura dirce

2. Why are the Canary Islands called so? Is it because of the canary bird?

3. In Great Britain and USA, unlike Russia, it is common to give their aquarium fishes names. What do you think might be the most common name for a goldfish?

Cappuccino brown4. Why is capuccino (a drink) called so?

Want to know the answers? Click «more» and get a bunch of great facts about names!

Seal 0906In Latin, Canis means… a dog! The canary islands are in fact named after a dog, not a bird! (In fact, not even a dog — but a type of seal (морской котик), called Sea Dogs in Latin, that used to live there).

The most common name for a gold fish is — jaws (челюсти!) 🙂

Capuccino is called so because of the white milk foam (пена) on top of it, that loooks like the cloaks of monks (монахи-капуцины).

As for the butterfly, some linguists really believe that its name is connected with butter: it either comes from the colour of some common butterflies (light-yellow), or from an old belief that butterfles steal butter! Others think, however, that a butterfly comes from the expression «flutter by» (порхать мимо вас). So choose the etymology you like! 🙂


It is possible for any American citizen to give whatever name he or she chooses to any unnamed mountain or hill in the United States.

There are people with the last name Name; there are people with the last name Names. Eg, John Name. Or — Mary Names.

Gabriel, Michael and Lucifer (more commonly known as Satan) are the only 3 angels to be named in the Bible.

Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft Sr., had a name for every letter in the alphabet, shortened his name to Mr Wolfe Plus 585 Sr. (the world’s longest name officially used by a person).

The world’s longest name of a lake? A short answer: Lake Webster, Massachusetts. Lake Webster has a much longer ‘official’ name, in fact a few, so take your pick: Chargogagogmanchargogagogcharbunagungamog, 41  letters; Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamogg, 44 letters; Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchabunagungamaugg, 44 letters; Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, 45 letters. Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg also happens to be the longest place name in the US and the 6th longest in the world.



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