A question on Names
by DesertNaiad, March 5, 2007
DesertNaiad (User's profile) March 5, 2007, 11:36:41 PM
Kwekubo (User's profile) March 6, 2007, 12:23:44 AM
awake (User's profile) March 6, 2007, 12:49:32 AM
As kwekubo notes, names are very flexible in Eo. they have to be because across other languages, names are handled very differently. The usual thing is to Esperantize your name. That is to convert it to the esperanto alphabet using esperanto sounds. When this is done men usually end their name with an O and women with either an o or an a. These names then take the accusative ending +n where appropriate
For example, Mi vizitas Marian. = I am visting maria
Min vizitas maria - Maria is visiting me.
Here the -n ending indicates the object of the sentence (the person visited rather than the person doing the visiting (the subject of the sentence)).
If you choose not to esperantize your name, there are a few ways to handle the accusative ending. one is to add -on to the un-esperantized name
Robert vizitas Michael-on.
or, you can indicate it with an honorific (Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc)
Sinjoro Smith vizitas SinjoroN Jones.
So you can follow Kwekubo's suggestions about changing your name, or you can leave it as is. It's up to you.
Just to add to what kwekubo said about nicknames. You may have noticed that Esperanto uses suffixes and prefixes much more extensively and regularly than English
-njo and -ĉjo are the feminine and masculine "nickname" suffixes in Esperanto
So you can see Patrino = Mother or Panjo = Mommy or Mom
Patro = father or Paĉjo = Dad or Daddy
My name is Michael, and I esprantized it as Majkelo (though for awhile I thought about Miĥelo because I like the ĥ sound ...the point is I had lots of choices about how I converted my name, and you do too.
And of course, I could have gone Majĉjo (My-chy
o) which would be like "Mike"
DesertNaiad:Hi, I'm just beginning, and am doing the "Bildoj kaj demandoj" course. I'm not far into it, but have run into a bit of a problem. Both my name and my nickname end in an N sound. Jeannine and Neen. I think the first would become Gxenin, and the second Nin. How do I make either the sentence of a subject? Do I still add an "n"? Or does my name become something quite different when written in Esperanto?
DesertNaiad (User's profile) March 6, 2007, 10:10:24 AM