Consecutive Day 3638 — All the names

Rudy Giron: Antigua Guatemala &emdash; Todos los nombres

Strictly speaking, we do not make decisions, decisions make us. The proof can be found in the fact that, though life leads us to carry out the most diverse actions one after the other, we do not prelude each one with a period of reflection, evaluation and calculation, and only then declare ourselves able to decide if we will go out to lunch or buy a newspaper or look for the unknown woman. —José Saramago

All the names, the most popular names, the Guatemalan names, what are they? Well, this list is a good place to start. Recently during a photo walk, we met a Maya woman who’s name is Ruth, we walked a little further away from her, and my companion asked was Ruth’s name in Spanish. I simply said Ruth. As mine is Rudy. We do not have other names, Ruth is Spanish I said. Well, see the issue here is that in Guatemala names come from all over, mostly biblical, but they have immigration waves and pop culture influences.

Read all the names on the list in the picture and then tell us how many do you think are not Spanish names?

10-year Countdown Aside: I’ve been publishing for 3,638 consecutive days on We continue the May 1st, 2016 countdown to 3,654 days, or 522 weeks, or 120 months, or 10 years of daily multimedia content from and about Antigua Guatemala.

Check out the entire index thus far and please, do share with me what have been some of your favourites posts through the years.

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