Lhotse Name Meaning & Origin

Lhotse

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Lho means South in Tibetan, tse is Peak. Lhotse is known as the south peak of Mt Everest. It has a twin peak, slightly smaller, Nuptse (North Peak). I wouldn't recommend the two names for twins, though, Nuptse would be infinitely more difficult to grow up with!

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My given name, Lhotse Clover, circa 1972. Hip at the time, Lhotse was bestowed upon me by my eclectic, counter culture LOVE'ng folks (that's the short explanation). There are a seemingly infinite number of mispronunciations for Lhotse. Unfortunately for your daughter, Lhotse, most will be revealed by elementary school substitute teachers, on public loudspeakers; alà airports, new activity/camp leaders, and in almost all professional office waiting rooms. Low-tsee is the common English pronunciation. In India, Nepal, and the country formerly known as Tibet, Loat-say. The most common mispronunciation is, "Um, I can't pronounce this one", followed by "el-HOT-see", "Lots", "this must be a misprint, last name is Xx", "Lowsty", and all versions of any common name starting with the letter "L" (Leslie, Lucy, Lottie, etc.)
Unique Upside: The name, Lhotse, is always a useful conversation starter in new and/or intimidating introductions to people one might otherwise find themselves acting a fool. And, Hell, it's educational and enlightening for those unfamiliar; so your child will sound exotic and smart, even if they are not! Wink, wink.
Geographic/Demographic Advice: If you are debating calling your brewing babe, Lhotse, I moderately advise you to reside or relocate to an outdoorsy community or ski town (better) for the first 10-15 years of this child's life. In such a location, Lhotse may have a chance of feeling "recognized" or having a "normal" name. Odds are much better in these areas that there will be an avalanche dog with the same name, a climber/mountaineer who may have been to the Himalayas and seen or photographed her namesake, or someone who has heard of, or purchased a "Lhotse jacket", tent, or camp stove. This will make he(r) feel a bit special, in a good way; and expedite the balancing of the cumulative years of mispronunciations, giggles, and explanations necessarily endured as, Lhotse. If you are unable to give your precious Lhotse this geographic advantage, at the very least, make sure one of the co-parents is an employee of REI, The North Face, or Mountain Hard Wear so she/he will be surrounded by many people who love, revere and appreciate her mountain. Again, this will greatly facilitate her internal pride and appreciation of sharing his/her unusual ("fucking impossible) name" with such a majestically beautiful, oftentimes intimidating, super rad namesake, Lhotse.
Bottom Line: Best name ever...it just takes a while to appreciate it.
Warning: All children named Lhotse will, at one time or another (x 5) ask if they can change their name. They will request whatever is common within their Gen, i.e. Jennifer, Catherine, Kelsey, Riley, Madeline, Amy etc. Comforting reminders about how truly special the name is, and dismissals such as, "one day you will appreciate it," serve little short-term consultation. Just let the child attempt to change it. As a former marketing guru (and current, Lhotse), my experience supports that popular familiarity/association, with such a cool and unusual name (even after just a few short years of grammar school), the ordinary generics will seldom gain traction. Rest assured she/he won't likely remain "Riley" for more than a few days before the reminders, questions and explanations of name-change become more annoying than the simple, "Low-tsee, it's a mountain in Tibet".
Blessings and Luck, Little Lhotses! I hope this beautiful name serves you as well as it has served me!

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