The Origin And Meaning Of Obscure Names #1 ‘Anon’

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Onomastics is the word given to the study of names. It is a field that touches on linguistics, anthropology, psychology, history, sociology as well as critical race theory. In short, Onomastics is concerned with understanding the derivation and meaning of names.

The origin of some names is obvious. Take Mohammed, for example, which happily since 2014 is the most popular male baby name in England. Due to the tide of war-torn refugees coming to Western shores in recent times, it is a name that is becoming incredibly popular in Sweden, Germany, France and elsewhere. As we know by the increasing number of people called Mohammed in the major news stories, this name comes from the Great Prophet of the Islamic Faith. According to Babycenter, the meaning of Mohammed is unsurprisingly ‘the praised one’

For some unknown reason, few images of Mo actually exist, even in cartoon form. Here is one of them.

Before they learned to check their privilege, Christian parents used to name their children after the names of saints. Examples abound and include John (meaning: God is gracious), Andrew (Greek for “strong,” “manly,” “courageous), Agatha (good), and Catherine (Pure).  Today, parents are increasingly naming their offspring in more creative ways, taking inspiration from places, fruits, and even geographical directions. Names such as ‘North West’, ‘Apple’, Moon Unit’, and even ‘Nutella’ are sure to lead to happy school days for these kids.

The origin and meaning of some obscure names, however, can baffle even the greatest of Onomastics professors. Take the name ‘Anon’, for example, which barely registers on Babycenter and comes in around 9,500th place in terms of popularity.

Some rookie Onomasticologists believe Anon is short for Anonymous. They would be completely wrong. Who after all, would call their child ‘Anonymous’ except perhaps the most radical hermits?

Anon is actually an obscure Greek derivative of the name ‘Onan’, with the ‘O’ and ‘A’ transposed. It is a male name. But who, you ask, was Onan?

As one particular AT resident (who must remain unnamed to protect his privacy) will be able to tell you after displaying his vast biblical knowledge yesterday, Onan was a minor biblical figure. Appearing in Chapter 38 of Genesis, Onan was the person who was struck down for sowing his seed on unfertile soil after being commanded to impregnate his brother’s wife.

The exploits (or lack thereof) of Onan/Anon are where the words ‘Onanist’, ‘Onanism’ come from, literally one who spills their seed. These days, we rarely use the word ‘Onanist’. The modern equivalent is the pejorative ‘wanker’.

If you ever cross paths with a real-life Onan/Anon in the real or virtual world, be sure to let them know you are fully aware of the meaning of their name. They will be touched that you care. Please do not tease them, however, as this would be cyber-bullying.

The Horse with No Name
The Horse with No Name

Excellent Article. Do you happen to have any information on the origin of the name Whoopie? http://undergroundnewsreport.com/the-truth/whoopi-goldberg-navy-seal-widow-looking-attention/

Gumby
Gumby

You have good horse sense, do you happen to know Pokey and where he she it got its her his name? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VS1tXGlj-0

Anon
Anon

I think it is a mentally retarded or childish way of saying “Who pee”.

https://genius.com/artists/Noname
https://genius.com/artists/Noname

I am wondering about the origin of the names Trump and Putin. It sounds a bit suspicious. http://www.hillarybeattrump.org/home/2017/3/13/trump-and-putin-deny-theyve-ever-met-at-joint-press-conference

drb6
drb6

That one is easy. Putin in Mexican Spanish means wimpy, weak; Drumpf (which is Trumps’ real name) unfortunately means trump card (and not orange douchebag as one would expect) in German.

trav777

Putin translates to “literally Hitler” and Trump translates to “literally Hitler.”

drb6
drb6

I should have looked up the dictionary of Progressives, in addition to Spanish and German. A minor addition is that Putin is “homophobic botoxed Hitler”, while Trump is “orange Hitler” – this should not be confused.

MillionDollarBonus

Nice article Pbier. In Zimbabwe they have names like “justice” and “inconvenience”. I don’t have kids yet, but when I do I think I’ll call one of them “fairness” and another one “tolerance”.

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

And Pbier is the true masterdebater.

bereteabu2
bereteabu2

What about Aboubacar which simple means Abou. And the real meaning is the title of been honest and trustworthy. Nice article.

Anon
Anon

HHHHHMMMMM!!!

How imaginative! and since berete is a French hat, “berete abou” translates to “trusty hat”. Sounds legit! The 2 adds legitimacy as hats tend to wear out and need to get replaced.

https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEViWEP8lY7.kAEn0nnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw–?p=Berete&fr=yhs-mozilla-004&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-004

Anon
Anon

Perhaps I should have used the Chinese “Long Wang” as my handle.

hungrypirana
hungrypirana

IMHO, Anon is a good name for the editor of Accredited Tomes.

ShariaSheriff
ShariaSheriff

You depict Mohammed?

Your office will be bombed in 3…2…

#islamophobic

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