Enter "Nora Malkeko".
That's right folks - literal translation: Nora Milk Cow.
If you're thinking she looks familiar, it's because she is. In the States she goes by the suitably hickish name Clarabelle Cow. She's an original Disney cast member, best friend of Minnie and Daisy, and former girlfriend of Horace Horsecollar but more recently linked to Goofy.
Now I knew that with names like Margrethe, Isabella, and Benedikte, I had no chance of styling myself after Danish royalty but come on people, a milk cow, seriously?!?!
While we're on the subject, names are a funny thing here in Denmark. You may have heard or read about the rules and regulations around naming your child in Denmark. It's true, you can only name your child from an approved government list. If you want to name your child Chiquita Banana, you'll have to apply for a special dispensation from your local civil registrar (and likely be denied). Some interesting facts gleaned from an enormous report on the handling of names in Denmark:
- If you do want to get creative, you will have to show evidence that your name may be used as a first name in other cultures. For example, generally titles such as Baron and Count are not allowed as first names. For us Americans, it means we can thank the artist currently known as Prince for opening up that option for us.
- Danes do accept the popularity of certain word types, like foods, and nicknames commonly used in other cultures, when they are appropriate. Hence, Paprika is an approved name. Potty is not.
Top five names for Danes of all ages:
- Males: Jens, Peter, Lars, Michael, Henry
- Females: Anne, Kirsten, Hanne, Mette, Anna
- Boys: William, Noah, Lucas, Magnus, Mikkel
- Girls: Ida, Isabella, Anna, Mathilde, Freya
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Nice to know that while there are 2,150 men named Jens Hansen and 1,330 women named Anne Pedersen in Denmark, there's only one me!