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Olympic Names 2018: Part Two

On to the men now!

Asa Miller (Filipino-American)

Blaise Giezendanner (French)

Casper Dyrbye Næsted (Danish)
Charles "Chay" Genoway (Canadian)

Dorian Hauterville (French)

Florent Claude (Belgian)

Gilmore Junio (Canadian)

Ilkka Herola (Finnish)
Irineu Esteve Altimiras (Andorran)

Jan Vrba (Czech)
Jules Lapierre (French)

Lascelles Brown (Canadian - born and raised in Jamaica)
Lennard "Len" Väljas (Canadian - is of Estonian descent)
Linden Vey (Canadian)

MacKenzie Boyd-Clowes (Canadian)
Maxence Parrot (Canadian)

Neville Wright (Canadian)

Odirlei Pessoni (Brazilian)

Pekka Koskela (Finnish)
Pita Taufatofua (Tongan)

Rhys Thornbury (New Zealand)
Ristomatti Hakola (Finnish)

Stanislau Hladchenko (Belarusian)

Teal Harle (Canadian)
Ted-Jan Bloemen (Canadian - was raised in the Netherlands but has a Canadian father)
Tormis Laine (Estonian)

Veselin Tzinov (Bulgarian)

Willis Feasey (New Zealand)

Yuzuru Hanyu (Japanese)


Origin: Possibly Greek or Provençal
Gender: Female
Meaning: Possibly "hawk", or "star"
Pronunciation: as-TOR-ee-ah
Other forms: Asteria

Thanks to jazzy badin for suggesting Astoria!

This name is one that no one seems to know the meaning of. Some claim it is a feminization of the name Astor, which comes from the Provençal surname astur, which means "hawk". Others think it comes from the aster, which means "star". I tend to think this version is meant to go along with the "hawk" meaning, while Asteria probably is meant to mean "star". Hawks are some of the most intelligent birds, they have very good vision and are excellent hunters. The females normally tend to be bigger than the males.

Hawks are featured in mythology from all over the world. Indians consider hawks to be the greatest bird, and that its feathers carry their prayers to the sun God. In Ancient Egypt hawks and falcons were royal birds, and there were many Gods and Goddesses with the heads of hawks. A slightly famous bearer of the name is Astoria Greengrass, wife to Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series.


  1. Thank you so much for doing a post on this! This certainly clears up some confusion on the name's meaning :)


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