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英语新闻:英国流行给孩子取复名

2015-08-25    来源:chinadaily    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

英语新闻:英国流行给孩子取复名

The double-barrelled first name has long been a hit in America; since names such as Mary-Lou and Betsy-Ann first became popular in the Fifties.
取复名在美国一直很风靡,在五十年代,像玛丽-卢(Mary-Lou)和贝特西-安(Betsy-Ann)这样的名字就开始流行了。

While the trend for adding a hyphen has remained steady across the pond, it hasn't really caught on here...until now that is.
虽然这种在名字间添加连字符的做法一直在大西洋彼岸(美国)经久不衰,但直到现在,它才真正在英国掀起风潮。

When the Office of National Statistics released their annual baby names list recently, Amelia sat pretty at the top of the most popular girls' names while Oliver was crowned king of the boys.
英国国家统计局最近公布了年度最受父母青睐宝宝名字的排行榜,阿米莉亚(Amelia)成功登顶最受欢迎的女孩名,而奥利弗(Oliver)摘得最受欢迎男孩名的桂冠。

However, the lists also raised another emerging trend; the rise of the double-barrelled first name in UK-born girls.
但从排行榜上还能看到一股给孩子取名的新趋势,英国取复名的新生女童开始增多。

According to research done by the Sunday Telegraph, more than 1,200 girls born in the UK had a double-barrelled name bestowed upon them last year, nearly five times the amount that were registered in 2000.
根据《星期日电讯报》(the Sunday Telegraph)的调查,英国去年有超过1200名新生女童取了复名,是2000年注册复名的女童的数量的近五倍。

While boys names have also seen a similar trend, it has been on a lesser scale; just 328 boys were given two first names in 2014.
男孩也出现了同样的取名趋势,但与女孩相比规模较小。2014年仅有328名男孩取了复名。

For the girls, floral-inspired names such as Lily-May or Amelia-Rose have surged in popularity as parents look to differentiate their daughters from the sea of Lilys and Amelias already out there.
在新生女童中,像莉莉-梅(Lily-May)和阿米莉亚-露丝(Amelia-Rose)这类与花有关的名字大肆流行,因为她们的父母希望自己的女儿能从大量的“莉莉”和“阿米莉亚”中脱颖而出。


Rose seems to be among the most popular name to be used with a hyphen; the Telegraph found that last year 245 variations of it were given with 225 of those coming in the form of Amelia-Rose.
露丝(Rose)可能是用连字符连接得最普遍的名字了,《周日电讯报》发现在去年245个露丝的变体名中,有225个名字以“阿米莉亚-露丝”的形式出现。

Other, more American-inspired variations included Dakota-Rose and Destiny-Rose.
其他受美国启发的变体名还包括达科塔-露丝(Dakota-Rose)和德斯蒂妮-露丝(Destiny-Rose)。

It's likely that celebrities - famous for pushing the name boundaries - have influenced the situation; plenty of their offspring have double-barrelled first names.
名流们爱在名字上标新立异,他们中的不少人给孩子取了复名,可能正是他们引起了这股风潮。

Supermodel Kate Moss' daughter is Lila-Grace, while Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis' daughter is Lily-Rose and Saturdays singer Una Foden's toddler is called Aoife-Belle.
超模凯特·莫斯的女儿叫莱拉-格蕾丝,约翰尼·德普和凡妮莎·帕拉迪斯(Vanessa Paradis)的女儿叫莉莉-露丝,英国女子团体The Saturdays成员尤纳·福登(Una Foden)那还在蹒跚学步的女儿叫奥菲-贝尔(Aoife-Belle)

Jamie and Jules Oliver's entire clan have treble first names although there isn't a hyphen in sight; there's Petal Blossom Rainbow, Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela and the latest addition Buddy Bear Maurice. And who could forget Blue Ivy, the double named daughter of Jay-Z and Beyonce.
虽然名字中没有连字符,但杰米·奥利弗(Jamie Oliver,英国名厨)和朱尔斯·奥利弗(Jules Oliver,其妻)的几个孩子都取了三个名字,分别叫做佩特尔·布洛索姆·雷恩博(Petal Blossom Rainbow)、波佩·霍尼·罗西(Poppy Honey Rosie)和黛西·布·帕梅拉(Daisy Boo Pamela),他们的幼子名叫巴迪·贝尔·莫里斯(Buddy Bear Maurice)。别忘了还有Jay-Z和碧昂斯(Beyonce)的女儿布鲁·艾薇(Blue Ivy)。

For mere mortals, emulating a celebrity name trend might seem like a way to make their child appear upwardly mobile...but there's a danger, say the etiquette experts, of actually coming across as a bit down market. Siobhan Freegard of parenting network Channel Mum said: 'I think it will start to be seen as a bit downmarket.'
对普罗大众来说,山寨名流取名之风好像能使他们的孩子挤进上流社会……但据礼仪专家说,这么做其实反而会有给人廉价印象的危险,育儿网站妈妈频道(Channel Mum)的西沃恩·弗里格尔德(Siobhan Freegard)说:“我觉得复名已经开始看起来有点廉价了。”


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