In the early ' 90s, after the restoration of independence of Latvia, when the state Language Center appeared Commission of experts on the updating of the calendar and the preservation of tradition. Its members meet once in three to four years — to consider applications of residents, including frequent requests to calendar distinct foreign names.
"The Commission decided that the names, which is the Latvian equivalent — will not be included in the traditional list of names. As an example — the name's Martin, beautiful and international. But you see, we already have the name Martins. And this is the case when we had very clearly define the border. And the arguments that the famous Latvian athletes such names is also not an excuse," says Maris Baltins.
Often the Commission received a collective statement about entering a name in the calendar, for example, the name Lucas, which disappeared during the Soviet era. Experts restore justice — found the date when the bearers of this name celebrated the Day of the angel, and returned it to the calendar.
According to the Director of the language Centre, in other countries policy names are much stricter than in Latvia.
"A vivid example — Iceland. There you can register children under the names included in the calendar list. There are no names — the name of the father becomes the surname of his child. For example, if the father of Olafs, son, Olafson, and if he is a he, name is Gunarsons", — says the Director of the CGA.
For example, in Germany a list of the calendar names is quite large, but parents can't choose the spelling of the name. "It is believed that there are only a few correct options, respectively, parent may only choose from the available list. Also the Director of the CGA notes that the Latvian media often use bad form, by publishing reviews of unusual names.
"All the names are beautiful, so I don't really like the publications in which we point out that in Latvia there are strange names. One of the names that media cited as an example — Receptor. I assume that this person is an ethnic Kazakh, and among this people it is as normal as we Peteris or Talivaldis. It is clear that such names not much, but it does not mean that it is strange and you have to understand that in a country where this has happened — it is the norm and tradition," says Baltins.
Major change calendar names, including Orthodox and Catholic names during the reformation, survived in the 18th century — stayed in the past, many names, for example, Diimines and Leptines, but come the new. Those that met the views of Latvians about the beautiful sound. Later, in the 20th century were added such names as by mirdza, the greatest, Visvaldis, but the biggest change, as reported above, occurred in the early 90s, after the restoration of independence.