Forever Under Construction

Citizen G.W.

Posted in History, Iran by homeyra on November 3, 2006

300px-alexanderattackingdarius.jpg Alexander the Great fighting Persian king Darius III

Once a French friend, who frequented the Iranian-student circles in Paris, asked me how come so many Iranians are named after the invaders of their country. In order to be sure that I got his point, he added: “you won’t-and will not find any Frenchman named Adolph”.

Frankly, I had never thought of that! Indeed names such as Eskandar-Alexander, Changiz-Genghiz-khan, Teymour-Timur etc. are common – not to mention Arab names after conversion to Islam.

A few years later, I met a charming Iranian gentleman during a flight, the “old school” type. Among the vivid conversation that happened I recalled the above observation. His promptly replied – seems he had already noticed the issue: “Listen, the invaders were considered as savors. In those times the local governments were so unpopular and corrupt that whenever the enemy was at the gate the whole population would welcome them hoping they would get rid of their rulers.”

I am not sure if G.W. would be a popular name among the next generation of Iranians, but who knows, life is full of surprises!


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  1. Bluebear2 said, on November 4, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    George, Dick, Donald and Carl
    (Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove)

    Are all names which will be outlawed once America finally breaks their trance!

  2. homeyra said, on November 5, 2006 at 10:13 am

    An interactive wish list seems also appropriate here 🙂

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