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Simone Corte
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I know that there are a lot of beautiful names with beautiful meanings, and for me meanings are more important than how names sound.


The Meaning of My Name

Simone M.C.P. Corte from Brazil

My name is Simone Maria. In fact, my complete name is Simone Maria Paulmichl Camara Corte. My first name, Simone, was chosen by my older sister, who is called Silvana. At that time, she probably didn’t know the meaning of the name. This afternoon I looked for it on the Internet and I found that Simone is a Hebrew name, and it means: “listener; the one who listens”.

My second name is Maria and it was chosen by my mother, who is called Lenita. Indeed, all 3 of my siblings have a saint’s name. Maria, which is also a Hebrew name, has a very strong religious connection, related to Jesus Mother, the Magnificent.

Our names are very important and can determine many personal features. For example, my mother had a friend who was called Ingrid Bérgamo. Her father was a big admirer of Ingrid Bergman,and because of his last name (Bérgamo), he decided to honor the actress by calling his daughter Ingrid,too.

The problem was that this man also wanted his daughter to be like the actress, especially in physical appearance. He didn’t want her to have her hair cut or colored, for example. They had to talk a lot to solve this problem, but as an adult, she was very happy and grateful to her father.

Anyway, I like my name very much, and I think that it fits me very well, even though the majority of my friends and family don’t call me Simone Maria, just Simone. I fact, almost everybody calls me by my nickname: Moni. I like that too.

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