Random Stories from Life in Dubai, Part 3: Awesome Names

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Part of the joy of working in Dubai is that 90% of the city is non-Emirati, and you regularly meet and interact with people from all corners of the world, some with very peculiar names. Some colleagues have spent years collecting a list of these peculiar names, and I share a few highlights below (listing nationality in parentheses, where known).

* Fabian Philandrianos: Manager (France)
* Chlorophyl Yip: Lawyer (Hong Kong)
* Superman Chan: Account Manager (Philippines)
* Twinkle Ling: Account Manager (China)
* Thomai Vaginis: IT Manager (Spain)
* Willy Rider: General Counsel (England)
* Peggy Trollio: Secretary (South Africa)
* Nyu Kok: Executive Assistant (Vietnam)
* Arsol Iroshka: Lawyer (Lithuania)
* Christodoulos Christodoulos: Finance officer
* Martha Anus: Manager (Australia)
* Ali G.: Waiter (Lebanon?)
* Cherry Fries: Sales Coordinator
* Alien Yam: Deliveryman
* Amanda Cockhead: Secretary (South Africa)
* Young-suk Kim: Project Manager (Korea)

(As it happens, you can actually find several of these people on facebook and linkedin…)

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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9 Responses to Random Stories from Life in Dubai, Part 3: Awesome Names

  1. R. Elgin says:

    “Young-suk” is not that uncommon as a name in Korea too.

  2. s says:

    i heard of some of these before. note that “yip’ means “leaves” literally to double the pun.

  3. McKellar says:

    I knew one Chinese woman who picked ‘Eddy’ as her English name, because the English definition, about a stream of water, sounded pretty. Then her colleague, ‘Sue’, wanted to know what her name meant in English, and was a bit disappointed.

  4. M-Bone says:

    Saw on a headstone – Dick Woodcock

    Favorite name of someone that I’ve met – Randy Cockman

  5. Peter says:

    Yeah, the sophomoric among us at my old company used to get a laugh out of the name “Harry Manko”. Of course, his name is fine outside of Japan…

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  7. I find the name ‘Alien Yam’ absolutely wonderful. What a charming and refreshingly meaningful name. It is not a name one easily forgets…

  8. Ali G? Love it.

  9. Now if you can find a Kazakh named Borat we’ll be in business. ;)