Trinidad: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Trinidad

Trinidad

Pronunciation: tree-nee-DAHD, TRI-ni-dad (key)

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"Trinity" (Spanish)

Trinidad is the larger and more populated of the two major islands that make up the island nation of "The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago." Trinidad is the southernmost island in the Caribbean and lies just 11 km (6.8 mi) off the northeastern coast of Venezuela. The original name for the island in the native Arawak language is "Iëre," believed to mean "Land of the Hummingbird." Christopher Columbus renamed it "La Isla de la Trinidad" ("The Island of the Trinity"), fulfilling a vow he had made before setting out on his third voyage of exploration. Trinidad and Tobago is known for its Carnival and is considered to be the birthplace of the steelpan (steel drum) musical instrument, limbo dancing, and the musical styles of calypso, soca, and chutney.

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Trini (Trinidad) Alvarado is an American actress best known for her performances as Margaret "Meg" March in the 1994 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel "Little Women" and Lucy Lynskey in the comedy/horror film "The Frighteners." Alvarado recently appeared on the Fox TV show "Fringe." In addition to many films and TV shows, she also has had notable stage performances and singing roles in musicals. Trini Alvarado was born January 10, 1967, in New York City, the daughter of Sylvia, a Puerto Rican flamenco dancer, and Domingo Alvarado, a Spanish-born flamenco singer.

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