As a challenge from the Daily Post, I’ve decided to take out my investigatory gear (that is, open up a new tab and search in Google) and figure out what’s the story behind my name. It’s pretty obvious by my work and this blog that I’m a girl, but my name is nothing like a girl’s name.
“Hi, I’m Luigi and I have a boy’s name.”
Figures, huh? I guess that’s why I’m strange, even with my friends. I don’t follow the same music, I don’t watch the same shows, and I don’t even read the same books. No one in my class knows who Charlotte Bronte is… I mean, how ignorant can they be? She’s only one of the greatest authors ever!
Anyway, here’s what I’ve come up with my research:
- According to about.com, the name Luigi is derived from the ancient French Lodewig meaning “glorious in battle” or “illustrious man.” I guess that means I’m supposed to be fearless, eh? Wait, but I hate battles and I doubt I can lift a sword. You should really see me in PE… Wallflower! I stand in a corner with a book in hand. That’s how much exercise I get every day.
- My name day (whatever that means) is on the 21st of June in honor of St. Luigi Gonzaga, who died in Rome in 1591 while assisting plague victims.
- Luigi is obviously Italian and it’s also a form of Louis, which is French and Old German.
- And finally, Luigi is a somewhat popular first name for men (#1193 out of 1220) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people. What about for women, huh?