These Norwegian names could be given to a planet far, far away

Over 800 nominations have been submitted and 10 final candidates selected in a process that will see Norwegian names given to a planet and a sun in a galaxy somewhere in deep space.

These Norwegian names could be given to a planet far, far away
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The selection process was started after Norway was tasked with naming celestial bodies in a far-off solar system, NRK reports.

At 200 light years from earth, the system is so distant that only one sun and one planet have so far been identified.

But the International Astronomical Union, as part of its first centenary celebrations, has organized a campaign in which each country in the world gets to name its designated solar system.

The names in the final consideration reflect a mix between traditional Norse and Sami names, modern influences and hybrid words.

The aim of the campaign is to promote awareness of the vastness of the universe and consideration of how life on earth may one day be discovered by an alien civilization, Norway’s space education centre Andøya writes.

Each pair of names consists of the nomination for the sun first, followed by the planet.

They are as follows:

  • Glittertind – Snøhetta
  • Nasti – Albmi
  • Yggdrasil – Midgard
  • Beana – Navdi
  • Glomma – Mjøsa
  • Beaivi – Dearpmis
  • Askeladden – Troll
  • Gaupe – Bjørn
  • Bjørnstjerne – Bjørnson
  • Elg – Hjort

Over 800 different nominations were made, along the broad theme of ‘Norwegian nature’.

Some names have specific meanings: for example, Nasti and Albmi are Sami words for star and sky respectively, while Beana and Navdi mean ‘dog’ and ‘wolf’.

Yggdrasil and Midgard are references to old Norse mythology, while Bjørnstjerne and Bjørnson literally translate to ‘star of Bjørn’ and ‘son of Bjørn’.

Voting for the final choice is open to the public – you can cast yours here. The deadline for voting is November 7th.

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Adolf, Alexa, Greta: These are the names Germans don’t want to give their kids

History, technology and current political trends all seem to have an influence when German parents decide on names for their children, a new survey shows.

Adolf, Alexa, Greta: These are the names Germans don’t want to give their kids
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Adolf is the least popular name for Germans to give their children. 

While Adolphus was a relatively popular name in the first part of the 20th century, its association primarily with Adolf Hitler has since made it taboo.

A survey brought out by YouGov on Thursday shows that 89 percent of Germans say it is “unlikely” they would call their child Adolf, although 8 percent still say it is “likely” they would do so.

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Alexa, the name of Amazon’s virtual assistant, is also rather unpopular, with 79 percent of respondents saying they would probably not pick this as a name for their child.

Kevin, a name strongly associated with the fashion of giving children American names during the communist era in East German, is also now unpopular. Some 80 percent say they wouldn’t give their child this name.

According to a survey done in 2011, men called Kevin also have less luck in finding love online, presumably because of the negative associations of the once popular name.

For girls, Greta seems to be unpopular, with three quarters of respondents saying they wouldn’t use it as a name for their child. YouGov says that “perhaps people have the polarizing climate activist Greta Thunberg in the backs of their minds.”

Asked what they believed has the most impact on how names are chosen, the respondents said that family and ethnic background have an overwhelmingly positive influence.

Politics and current trends on the other hand were seen to have a generally negative impact on the favourability of names.

The survey also found out that Germans are generally very happy with their given names, with 84 percent voicing satisfaction and just 13 percent expressing dissatisfaction.

The results come from a representative study of 2,058 people in Germany between February 12th and February 15th.

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