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This name should have an accent mark over the "e". My son is eight and he is adamant about putting the "hat" on his "e".
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My brother-in-law's name is Juan Jose. His nickname is Che.
My ex-husband's name is Joseph, Jose in Spanish. When my son Chae was born, we were currently stationed in Spain and were looking for Spanish names that we liked. I read in a book that Che was a nickname for Jose but my ex and I decided that it looked very ethnic for a very caucasian American boy...and then there is also that whole guerilla connection, lol....so we added the "A", just to make it more neutral. Chae is 17 now and loves that he has such an original looking and sounding name, it suits him perfectly. Sidenote: we did find out years later that Chae is a popular Korean girl's name but that's never bothered my son here in the US.
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The boy's name Che \che\ is pronounced chay. It is of Spanish origin. Short form of Jose. Latin-American revolutionary Che Guevara.
Che is a very rare male first name and a popular surname (source: 1990 U.S. Census).
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Ernesto "Che" Guevara (June 14,1 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as Che Guevara, El Che, or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, politician, author, physician, military theorist, and guerrilla leader. After death, his stylized image became a ubiquitous countercultural symbol worldwide.
As a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout Latin America and was transformed by the endemic poverty he witnessed. His experiences and observations during these trips led him to conclude that the region's ingrained economic inequalities were an intrinsic result of monopoly capitalism, neocolonialism, and imperialism, with the only remedy being world revolution. This belief prompted his involvement in Guatemala's social reforms under President Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán, whose eventual CIA-assisted overthrow solidified Guevara's radical ideology.
Later, in Mexico, he met Fidel Castro and joined his 26th of July Movement. In December 1956, he was among the revolutionaries who invaded Cuba under Castro's leadership with the intention of overthrowing United States-backed Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. Guevara soon rose to prominence among the insurgents, was promoted to Comandante, and played a pivotal role in the successful two year guerrilla campaign that deposed Batista.
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