What’s in a name?

Before we knew of little Jorgito’s gender, we had 2 names in mind, one for a boy and one for a girl. If it’s a boy then we would name him ‘Han Quetzalcoatl Bernal Chan’. If it’s a girl, then we would name her ‘May Citlalli Bernal Chan’.

As Chinese myself, I would want my son to always keep in mind and be proud of his Chinese origins. Which is why we decided that his first name would be Han 汉 (漢). In Chinese, it means a man of bravery. Where else his middle name would be Quetzalcoatl, a name originated from Aztec which means God of the sky, creator of human and feathered serpent. Followed by his father’s and my family name.

I’ve always love the name ‘Han’. Apart from it being a Chinese name, it is also quite universally accepted and easy to pronounce. Think Han Solo of Star Wars haha. When I think of ‘Han’. I think of masculinity, a brave and a honest man.

His middle name ‘Quetzalcoatl’ is of Aztec and Mesoamerican origin. A very popular figure, Quetzalcoatl was both a real person and a god. He was first worshiped by Nahuatl people as a feathered serpent. And by the Aztecs, he was related to gods of the wind, of the planet Venus, of the dawn, of merchants and of arts, crafts and knowledge. This name was proudly chosen by Jorge.

As the days goes by, I’m starting to have strong emotionally bonding with little Jorgito. I wish for all the good for him in life. Enough friends to lend him a shoulder to cry on, and to celebrate his success in life, enough knowledge for him to question what is right and wrong, enough courage to pursue his dreams, enough curiosity to ask all the relevant questions and enough empathy to understand other’s feeling and perspective.

And as for his nickname ‘Little Jorgito’, that will always be something special between us 🙂

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