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Santa is the feminine form of Santo -- a long-used Spanish first name for men.
I'd find it unusual to meet someone named Santa, male or female, unless a Punjabi (Sikh) male, where the name is actually fairly common.
I'm having trouble finding out the Punjabi etymology, though.
Those languages of Latin origins obviously use it to mean Holy (technically means "distinctive," not necessarily of higher moral character.)
Santa Jeremy Ono is a Canadian-American biologist and university administrator. Serving as a faculty member of Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, and University College London, he made key contributions to the field of gene regulation in the immune system and to the understanding of inflammation in the eye. Ono served as the 28th President of the University of Cincinnati and is currently the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia.
That would be a weird name.
Please don't use this name ever.
I can't see ANYONE saying "Hi, my name is Santa."
At all. Ever.
Pairs up nicely with a lot of names, such as "Santa Maria", "Santa Jane", "Santa Louise", "Santa Anita"... When pronounced right, as it should be "Sahn-tah", it sort of draws attention away from the familiar "Santa Claus" character.
Santa does actually work as a name in some places.
I wonder what it would be like for a girl with this name around Christmas time! I'd bet people will expect lots of presents from her, that's for sure!
Three words: Ho ho ho.
The jolly fat guy that gives you presents when you are good on Christmas is the only thing that comes to mind whenever I hear this name.
This is just pointless, since I always think of Santa Claus.
Having this name in America would be hell. Having this name in Spanish-speaking countries or any countries where this means 'holy' would be hell. Even in Finland, this is an old word for 'sand', and would thus be hell to have. Whereever people know the word 'Santa' to have the meaning 'holy', this is going to be hell to have. So why use the ridiculous name?
slight night shiver
While this is a lovely name I'm kind of put off it by the fact that Santa is an anagram of Satan. Shame really.
Santa WOULD be a nice name. But good old Saint Nick ruined it. (No offense, Santa.)
"Santa Claus is coming to town."
So many plays on words. Santa as in "Santa Maria!" or Santa as in ho, ho ho?
There are just too many jokes that could derive from this name. It's a shame really, it's actually a very pretty name.
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Santa Claus is the first Santa I thought of.
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