South Africa World Cup baby names: Moms choose Fifa, Bafana, and Soccer City
South Africa World Cup baby names such as Fifa, Bafana, and Soccer City are proliferating in the Rainbow Nation as white and black families name their children after stadiums and teams.
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In a typical day in Johannesburg, one might be assisted by a computer technician named Tolerance, tip a waitress named Beauty, do a kick-boxing class with a personal trainer named Glad, and pour over one’s bank books with a teller named Precious.Skip to next paragraph
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But major events, in sports or in politics, tend to witness a surge in names that come straight from the headlines. And for Africans, there can be fewer events to make one more proud than the first ever World Cup on African soil.
At Johannesburg General Hospital, the Tebogo family from Soweto also welcomed the birth of twins on the day of the opening match, whom they named “Soccer City” and “Ke Nako,” a Zulu-language refrain in local advertisements that means “It’s time.”
At Rahima Moosa Hospital, where baby Fifa is being passed around to relatives, a hospital nurse named Rosina Letlalo says, “The day will be such an unforgettable one for us not forgetting the little bundles who were born on this historic day."
As for the other FIFA – the International Federation of Football Associations – the birth of a baby that shares its copyright-protected and trademarked name was welcomed. FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer says she is excited about the news.
"Thanks for letting us know and we wish the family and the baby all the best," says Ms. Fischer in a statement. "We are excited about these names."
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