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June 22nd, 2013 11:11 PM #1
Swiss names: Do they exist?
Or are they generally an amalgamation of French, German, and Italian names? With, possibly, a few other cultural inspirations? My dad has recently insisted to me that we are not German, but Swiss, and I'm just curious if it makes a huge difference as far as names are concerned... I like the idea of having a few names on my list to honor my heritage. I do have some Welsh and French and English names already, and I did have some German names I loved (Emmeline, Johanna, Genevieve, etc.), but I'm just curious what some Swiss names would be...
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June 24th, 2013 01:05 AM #5
You can be Swiss- a national of Switzerland... but in terms of languages, Swiss isn't a language.
Romansh is a language, though, and only holds official language status in Switzerland (along with German, French and Italian, all of which are obviously official in other countries apart from Switzerland). I have a friend whose family is Swiss, but they speak Swiss German... and write Standard German because Swiss German is a spoken language, not a written one). They are definitely not German, though.
^ This is a stat page for names in Switzerland. You can search by name & year, or by the top 20 of a given year. I don't know if that helps, but if you go back to like, 1902 you get a very different list than the current one, and it's decidedly more German, so that may give you some insight.
I'm willing to bet there are names that are strictly regionally Swiss... but I have no idea what they are or there you'd find them.
I'm definitely not an expert in Switzerland- this is just the info I've gotten from my friend, and wikipedia. Good luck!Lucia
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June 24th, 2013 01:41 AM #7Senior Member
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June 24th, 2013 02:01 AM #9
I guess u could use Swiss place names instead?