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Gender: Male Pronunciation: JANG-oh Meaning of Django: "I awake" Origin of Django: Romani

Django Origin and Meaning

The name Django is a boy's name of Romani origin meaning "I awake".

Django — the D is silent as most everyone now knows — the nickname of the great Belgian-born jazz guitarist Django (originally Jean Baptiste) Reinhardt, makes a dynamic musical choice for any jazz aficionado. Reinhardt's nickname "Django" is Romani for "I awake." The name has become more familiar with the release of and acclaim for the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained.

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SkyeBella Says:

2019-09-19T04:22:15

LOL at all the Americans saying “all I can think about is the movie” - it’s an ancient Romani name but you’re letting it be ruined by a Tarantino box office hit that won’t even be remembered in 15 years time. So very “American” 😂

Ef Says:

2019-01-03T20:16:05

This was pietro's middle name in avengers age of Ultron

cricketbell Says:

2018-07-01T03:02:56

My mother tongue is Portuguese. That's why I love Eduarda, it does sounds lovely to me. Django doesn't, it actually sounds horrible in my percepction, a little bit like "diabo" (devil) in my language. You know it's no big deal people don't loving the same names as you do, right? :)

Rosie2525 Says:

2018-04-08T20:39:47

Why are you so upset? She didn't like the name; no big deal. You shouldn't get so offended by it.

pindorama Says:

2018-04-08T18:45:16

Eduarda is a classic name in Portuguese-speaking countries.

DaChaleyce Wilson Says:

2018-04-08T12:44:20

Lmaoooo I had to go have a look at your profile to see what sort of names you like since you’re so vocally displeased with this one. You like names such as Eduarda, which to you I’m sure is lovely but to me sounds like a punishment for a human. So I guess it really is all about perception.

DaChaleyce Wilson Says:

2018-04-08T12:37:34

Not to mention you give off the impression of being the type of person that would rather sugar coat slavery altogether. Not saying that’s your actual belief but that certainly is the way you read with statements such as “I would never dream of having [slavery] associated with my child”. Django was a slave who faced staggering adversity to rise above his circumstances; All the while knowing that in doing so, he was essentially making himself a target. That’s a level of courage we don’t know in today’s world. To reduce him- or any other slave, real or fictional- to victimhood is almost disrespectful. Slavery happened, there’s no running away from it. The people who endured it should be honored- esteemed- not pitied. At the very least, even if your perception of the era lends Django an association you can’t get past yourself, you should never assume that the rest of the world is so limited.

DaChaleyce Wilson Says:

2018-04-08T12:21:30

This coming from the same person who thinks Kizzy is usuable though. What do you actually think? Are slave names off limits or no? Because if they are, any name that calls to mind a notable slave should be nixed as well. Take Toby, for example; To most African Americans, Toby is singularly connected with the slave that got his foot cut off. (Akin to naming your son Kunta)
So by your logic, because Toby is associated with a slave for Black people, it wouldn’t be “advisable” to bestow it on a child? You’d sound much more credible if you’d just admit that you don’t like the name Django, for no real rhyme or reason and move on. Telling others it’s inadvisable was a bit much.

iipostmvh Says:

2017-04-29T18:34:59

I like it too but it reminds me of dingo....not so good.

Mhill46 Says:

2017-04-29T17:08:04

I actually really like this name. I'd be afraid it's too tied to the movie though. I think it's all anyone would think of and people would assume I named my kid after the movie.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

2016-10-07T13:19:57

I never said that I associated the name with shame. I just don't think that the slavery connotation is a particularly positive or advisable one, in spite of the strength and endurance of the people afflicted by the it. And in terms of slave owner names - a vast majority of them were your average John, James, Michael etc. (also the names of many slaves) - they were standard choices long before the African/Caribbean slave trade, and thus have not been ruined for modern parents, by the slave owners who once wore them. Django, on the other hand, is not a standard choice and never has been. So it has no automatic associations to fall back on, and now envokes the image (for me personally) of a slave, and subsequently all the horrors and monstrocities that slavery brought to light. And I don't think that's ok.

I'm sure there are others who would disagree, and that's fair enough. If you or anyone else wants to name a son Django, then that's up to you. But I myself would never consider it for the reasons I have stated.

starsoup Says:

2016-10-07T09:49:38

And yet, the names of slave *owners* are proudly passed down through generations. Slaves did nothing to create the situation they were in and should be associated with strength and endurance rather than shame.

Yara Says:

2016-06-02T04:38:05

I really like this name.

Yara Says:

2016-06-02T04:37:49

There is nothing wrong with having the same name as a slave; it should be an honor to share a name with someone so strong and resilient, especially a slave like Django from the movie.

cricketbell Says:

2015-03-14T23:48:47

What a horrible name!

AldabellaxWulfe Says:

2015-03-14T11:29:02

I have nothing personal against the name but, in all honesty, I don't think Django is a very appropriate choice. Because the Jazz guy is not going to be the first thing that most people think of. In reality, it's most modern and well known connection is with the movie. And, for me, that's a deal-breaker. I'm not saying that people can't look past that (especially since it is just a movie) but, the slavery connotation is a highly undesirable one and I would never dream of having it associated with my child.

feuer Says:

2015-01-31T06:36:40

I actually love this name!