Nomar Garciaparra! Nifty, nimble, and namerific!
As the first feature on Curionomastics, I have chosen a childhood hero. As a big Red Sox fan, I followed all of the greats in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including Mo Vaughn, Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, and Pedro Martinez, but Nomar was my favorite player. With his agile moves, odd pre-batting ritual, his lopsided smile, and his offbeat name, there’s no wonder that Kiddie Tee, always attracted to the quirky and peculiar, was immediately drawn to Nomar.
After earning an American League Rookie of the Year award in 1997, Nomar Garciaparra went on to become an All Star six times! He played for the Red Sox from 1997 until 2004, then was traded to the Cubs, and later the Dodgers and Athletics (although he signed a one day contract with his original team at the end of his career so he could retire with the Red Sox). One of the greatest shortstops to ever play the game, he had to suffer through repeated injuries, but he still came out with some of the highest stats of his position.
Nomar’s Trivia Trio:
- He attended Georgia Tech and played more games than any other baseballer from that school, except another namelty, Del Pratt.
- He once saved two women who had fallen into Boston Harbor.
- He married Mia Hamm in 2003 and the couple have twin daughters and a young son. Their children’s names (knew you would ask): Grace Isabella, Ava Caroline and Garrett Anthony.
Nomar is actually his middle name, as he was born Anthony Nomar Garciaparra, but he has always gone by the unusual moniker. How’d he get it? Nomar is actually Ramon spelled backwards, which is his father’s name. Ramon, a Catalan/Spanish version of Raymond which means ‘advisor and protector,’ certainly fits the talented father of three, but Nomar has an unusual ring to it that works on the whimsical shortstop so much better.
Garciaparra is probably of Italian or Spanish origin. Nomar himself is a California native of Mexican-American descent. Related to Garcia, Garzia, and Garzadori, Garciaparra is sometimes split into two names to read as Garcia Parra. It is a distinguished last name that combines so smoothly with Nomar and makes it enjoyable to say aloud. Go ahead, try it.
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March the First has arrived and, as planned, it is time for the Curionomastics Kick-Off!
Let me explain…
Curionomastics is my attempt at a creative description for my curiosity about fascinating people with intriguing or wonderful names. At least, that’s how it started out, but as I began to create content for this blog, it has expanded into something that will encompass a multifaceted view of onomastics, or the study of names.
As a writer, one of my favorite things to do when planning out my stories and novels, is to name my characters. I do not have any set routine for doing so, nor do I stick to one genre when writing, so I like to make up my own names just as much as researching names that already exist. That being said, I’ve known many writers that struggle with naming their characters, and I would be more than happy to help you with yours. Please feel free to email me at Tee@teelafrancetodd.com or DM me on Twitter (I’m TeeLaFranceTodd) if you would like me to suggest names for any of your unnamed characters for stories, games, etc. I will not, however, name your baby, so don’t be tricksy.
With the myriad of baby name sites out there, Curionomastics is definitely not going to be another one. I do not aim to give advice about naming your child or future children. I will not be highlighting a name of the day or discussing gendered names. Rather, I will be showcasing individuals with unique and rhythmic names, outlining their major accomplishments, and providing information about their names.
I will post a Sunday Spotlight each week, which is exactly what I described above: a post on a person that was chosen because they are a ‘colorful character with a compelling cognomen.’ These posts will be brief but hopefully informative and interesting.
At another point or points during the week, I will put out tidbits about things named after people, naming practices, the history of certain names, meanings of names, people with the same names, etc. I don’t want to get too detailed here, because I do not want to ruin any surprises, and because these interim posts, as I call them, keep evolving.
So be prepared for the first Spotlight this Sunday! Here’s a hint on who it will be: He wore crimson hosiery during the most impressive parts of his career. Can you guess who it is?
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