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Rodrigo Cruz
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It's funny. In my home, my parents chose some of our names, thinking about Italian opera singers.

 

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Rodrigo Cruz from Colombia

It is funny. In my home, my parents chose some of our names, thinking about Italian opera singers. When my father was twenty years old, he was an opera singer in a opera school in Colombia. He loved to talk about Italian opera singers and their history. He learned to play the piano very well and played it beautifully. Later, when he got married my mom, he chose some of our names—Demetrio, Clemente, Miguel, Enrique.

All of our names are two names combined. My brothers' name are Hector Miguel, Daniel Clemente, Jairo Enrique, German Demetrio, and Nestor Emilio. My sisters' name are Ana Lizzy, Dilma Patricia, Claudia Virginia, and Diana Marcela. All of these are longer names.

My mother chose my name "Rodrigo Armando" because a good friend had that name. The name of my younger brother was different. When my parents chose his name, they thought that the baby would be a girl because at that time we were five boys and four girls. They chose the name "Emilia." When he was born, surprise, he was a boy, so they changed the name to "Emilio."

Some people change their names when they become an adult. I think that choosing a name is difficult because nobody knows if that name will be good for who will have it. If the person loves the name, it will be good. If it is bad, the problem will be big.


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