Q. How would I say my name in Esperanto?

 

According to Rule 15 of the Esperanto foundation, or fundamento, which relates to the importation of foreign words, such words come into Esperanto unchanged, except to conform with Esperantos orthography. Therefore:

 

·        It must be spelled in Esperanto letters

·        The accent must be placed on the second to last syllable.

 

Many of the common Christian and names have common Esperanto forms. Biblical names can be found in the Esperanto translation of the bible. In America, non-christian and non-biblical names have proliferated. Points to keep in mind when Esperantizing your name:

 

1.      There are only 5 vowels: a, e, i, o, u pronounced ah eh ee oh oo, as in Ma, let me go through.

2.      W will generally become a v unless its part of a diphthong like ow, where it will be aŭ.

3.      X will ordinarily become ks

4.      Y will ordinarily become j

5.      All sounds equivalent to K will use k. C, CH, and Q can be represented by K. QU should become kv.

6.      You may wish to change the sound of your name as opposed to the writing so that it will be recognizable. For example, if it has a J pronounced like in Joe, keep the J and pronounce is like the English Y.

7.      If you are a man, you can use a diminutive form of your name by using the ending ĉjo, and women can use njo. If a woman has a feminized form of a common mans name, she can attach ino.

8.      When registering for Esperanto functions, most people use their names without change, except to render it in the Latin alphabet. Esperantizing helps so that you can use it as the root in word building.

 

Here below are the top twenty baby names for girls and boys in the U.S. for 2000, along with my attempts to Esperantize them.

 

Michael

Miĥaelo

 

Hannah

Hana

Jacob

Jakobo

 

Emily

Emilia

Matthew

Mateo

 

Madison

Madisono

Joseph

Jozefo

 

Elizabeth

Elisabeto

Christopher

Kristoforo

 

Alexis

Aleksiso

Nicholas

Nikolaso

 

Sarah

Sara

Andrew

Andreo

 

Taylor

Tajlora

William

Vilhelmo

 

Lauren

Laŭrena

Joshua

Josuo

 

Jessica

Jesika

Daniel

Danielo

 

Ashley

Aŝleja

Tyler

Tajlero

 

Samantha

Samuelino

Ryan

Rajano

 

Brianna

Briana

Anthony

Antonio

 

Kayla

Kajla

Alexander

Aleksandro

 

Olivia

Olivia

Zachary

Zaĥario

 

Abigail

Abigejla

David

Davido

 

Anna

Ana

James

Jakobo

 

Alyssa

Alisa

John

Johano

 

Emma

Ema

Christian

Kristiano

 

Jennifer

Jenifero

Justin

Justino

 

Nicole

Nikolasino

 

 

Contributed on 28 February 2002 to the public domain

by Christopher Zervic, author.

 

Esperanto Society of Chicago