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Subject: Re: Questions about use of Luther as a given name in Germany
Author: Anneza   (Authenticated as Anneza)
Date: June 22, 2009 at 10:48:12 PM
Reply to: Questions about use of Luther as a given name in Germany by Cleveland Kent Evans
I don't know about Germany ... but Afrikaans-speaking South Africa is firmly Protestant and mostly Calvinist, and both Calvin and Luther are used as boy names, with Calvin often spelled Kalvyn to fit into the modern language.I've known English-speaking South Africans called Calvin too; never a Luther, but I might have missed a few :)

We have a strong tradition of using surnames as given names, for family or personal reasons mostly, not because of fashion. Our early Dutch settlers had a very small pool of names, both surnames and given names, to choose from so they had to find creative ways of combining them.So it would be impossible to legislate against it!

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