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Subject: Re: Name genders
Author: Anneza   (Authenticated as Anneza)
Date: April 27, 2010 at 10:42:28 PM
Reply to: Re: Name genders by Cleveland Kent Evans
Not as a given name. Just in the Catholic church, where one can be a Marian brother; or no doubt a sister ...

Some South Africans, specifically Afrikaans-speakers, have the habit of merging two given names to make a third: there's a strong tradition of naming children after their parents/grandparents/other relatives, so a whole brood of cousins can have identical names. Which can lead to blended names like Franjo from Francois Johannes or Frans Josef: that kind of thing. So Marjan would be perfectly possible as a blend of Marius and Jan (or Johannes); however, I've never encountered one.

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