One of the amazing features of the name-a-whale competition is
the number of countries we have received entries from, 142 so far.
With so many different people from all over the world submitting
names, we have some great names.
Whales of the world
From all over the world we have names like Youko, which is
Japanese for 'ocean child', Rahu in Estonian means 'peace' whilst
the name 'Shanti' is another word meaning 'peace', this time in
Tauelsiz means 'independent' in Kazakh, Befri means 'free' in
Norwegian and Kekoa is Hawaiian for 'the brave one'. Suyana means
'hope' in the quechua language in landlocked Bolivia whilst
Rangwani in the Shona language (used in parts of Southern Africa)
means 'a huge clumsy fellow' and the Chinese have a great possible
whale name in Jing Ling meaning 'spirit of the whale'.
A couple of possible names that are a bit harder to pronounce
are shomoodrer-rajputro which means 'prince of the ocean' in Bangla
(from Bangladesh) and Fa'amoemoe meaning 'hope' in the language of
Samoa where some of the tagged whales are swimming past on their
A lot of people would like to name a whale as a dedication to
someone special or just after a celebrity.
A couple of great former Greenpeace activists, founding member
Bob Hunter and photographer Fernando Pereira (who was killed when
the Rainbow Warrior was bombed by French agents) were suggested as
possible whale names.
John Lennon, Bob Dylan, John Butler, Elvis, Mozart, Beethoven
and Pavarotti were just some of the names of musical celebrities
that have been entered.
Not to be outdone, film and television characters generated many
fine possible whale names like Smithers from the Simpson's, Kermit
the frog from the Muppets, James Bond, Yoda and Darth Vadar from
Star Wars, Frodo, Gandalf and Aragorn from Lord of the Rings whilst
Harry, Hermione, Hagrid and Dumbledor from Harry Potter all seemed
to cast their spell on some of our entrants.
Other famous people to have their names entered are Steve Irwin,
Einstein, Marco Polo, Leonardo da Vinci, Crazy Horse, Alexander the
Great, Jacque Cousteau and the ethicist/animal liberation activist,
Dedications to loved ones included people's sons like Tiago,
Hugo (aged 8), Alvar (who we're told swims like a whale in the
bathtub), Engin, Kai and Marcos.
Daughters too featured in many entries with Claudia, Natasha,
Kokoro, Olivia, Estrella (born the same day her father entered her
name in the competition!), Nea, Emilie and Pauline who is due to be
born on the 30th November this year.
Religion featured prominently in the possible names with some
ancient gods being particularly popular.
Zeus, Apollo, Hermes, Poseidon , Achilles, Artemis, Ajax and
Aphrodite all appearing for the Greek gods but not to be outdone,
the Nordic gods Thor and Freyja made an appearance, as did Ra the
Egyptian sun god, Quetzalcoatl the Aztec god-king, Sedna the Inuit
goddess of marine mammals and the Welsh gods Dagda and goddesses
Morgana and Riannon.
The political world also had their admirers with the names like
Al Gore and Kyoto being suggested more than once as possible whale
names as were some famous historical figures in Mahatma Ghandi,
Evita and Che Guevara.
John Howard, the current Australian Prime Minister, received a
somewhat poisoned chalice of a nomination with the nominee
suggesting that the Prime Ministers name would make a great whale
name as his career is endangered just like humpback whales.
The weird and wonderful
Reading through the 8,000 plus entries submitted so far, there
are many great whale names but every now and again, you find an
entry that makes you smile.
Food names seemed to be mentioned more than most whales would be
comfortable with. Names like Peppernose, Porkball, Fudge,
Marshmallow, Chilli, Peanut, Noodle and Sushi all came up and names
of drinks also appeared with Merlot, Champagne and Sherry.
But for the just plain strange, you can't go past names like
Bouncy, Moose, Buffy Jo, Avenger, Trilby Foxglove, Fluffy (you'd be
amazed how often that came up), Swishy, Delicate Bamboo, Pinky,
Megatron, Big Bertha, Big Kahuna, Big Ben, Big Roy (named after a
hamster!) and Little George.
But the one that had us laughing the most, which is not to say
it will get into the list of top names, was definitely the name
Mister Splashy Pants.
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