If that's how this name is pronounced, why is it not in use?
The name in question is Hypatia.
I was driving back from a long day doing survivalist activities competition style in the snow with my eldest, and on the last leg of our journey I searched through the child-friendly podcasts downloaded to my phone. I usually fall instantly asleep to Gone, a podcast about missing things, because the people who do it have such soothing monotones, but it feels fated that this time we actually listened to the end of a podcast about what happened to the Library at Alexandria. Not only did this podcast spawn debates about "who is your favorite conqueror?" (Ghengis Khan has better genetic success, Alexander the Great made a cool library and spawned a popular name, Vikings were not interested in colonizing/ruling and rather focused just on getting stuff, which seems more ethical), but then I was floored to discover that I've been saying the name Hypatia wrong for a long time. (Both soothing narrators say, "hih-PAH-tee-ah".)
That's NOT "hy-PAY-shuh", as somehow my brain decided it should be when I was roughly the age of the child I was having this conversation with. And unlike many "oh no, you've been pronouncing it wrong for three decades" situations, it's so pretty and melodic and not at all a let-down!
So, why the heck aren't people using this name? Can someone please use it? I'm cheesed off that Alexander and Zenobia which also came up in the podcast *are* getting used but poor Hypatia is languishing.... although it should be noted that in very recent years a few fabulously stylish people HAVE been using it.
In female science hero names, Hedy (which is a name that I've never thought was super stunning as a name, although the namesake is rock solid) actually gets higher use. Whoops.
It was a productive car ride, onomastics-wise. My child decided he liked the name Theodore, and I got to talk about root words and how Theodoric is not god-based after all, although my kid decided that it sounded like a Greek hero. Sowing the seeds for those future grandchildren names...
Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:23pm