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Is Maria still the leading name among newborn girls? Here in Hungary, Mária was also leading until after WWII, but no more today (today, TV soap opera names rule...)

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by DoDo on Wed Dec 6th, 2006 at 05:35:29 PM EST
That´s true here also.  The added Mary has mostly disappeared and there are very few just-Mary names.  Most people still use traditional names, like Celia and Carlota and Victoria, but movie star names or foreign spellings seem to be the fad.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.
by metavision on Wed Dec 6th, 2006 at 05:53:42 PM EST
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Same here. Fads and fashions in names, 95% Italian 5% foreign (Deborah, Nicole...). The "madonna" kind of name - both plain Marys and the Maria-this-and-that (Assunta Concetta Immacolata...) ones - are totally "out" though .... unless of course one is aiming to ensure one's wee kiddy will inherit the largest slice of the estate of a rich ageing childless greataunt of that name?  

And I'd say that to tack "Maria" onto a boy's name these days must mean the parents are paid-up members of Opus Dei?

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by eternalcityblues (parvati_roma aaaat libero.it) on Wed Dec 6th, 2006 at 06:25:18 PM EST
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Definitely.  It´s hard to get a good feel for the church divisions anymore.  In the dictatorship it was palpable because there were only two:  Jesuits and OD and both supported "the party".  The OD was the new kid on the block and the best schools were jesuit and derivatives.

In my nun school, only jesuits said the daily mass, with maybe a known dominican theologian once in a while...  It was said that Franco kept half his cabinet from jesuit schools and half from the OD!  The so-called "worker priests" were unknown until the 70´s.

Now, I am not sure.  I live surrounded by new-rich areas, heavily infiltrated by OD.  The worst part is their secretiveness.  The biggest church here (an eye-pleasing, brick behemoth I call the penis and testicle cathedral for its shape--the architect is still ROTFL) is the OD´s, but it is denied and never printed on anything.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Thu Dec 7th, 2006 at 07:54:46 AM EST
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