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Uri comes from Oriol

September 18th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m having such a hard time to make english speaking people pronounce my name. I decided to write this post about where it comes from and what it actually mean.

Uri comes from Oriol. It is a common Catalan name, nearly as common an Jordi (George) or Marc in Catalunya.

Uri is pronounced /u ɾ i/.
Oriol is pronounced /u ɾ i ɔ ɫ/ (check this out if you don’t know what these symbols represent).

So, obviously, Uri is Oriol’s nickname. Some people ask me why I don’t write Ori instead of Uri. This is because, following the Catalan rules, Ori would be /ɔ ɾ i/, not /u ɾ i/. No, I won’t go deeper in that, but if you want to know more about these rules just ask.

By the way, almost everybody calls me Uri. Only my parents/family, some professors, and a few friends that want to make me laugh call me Oriol.

Semantically, Oriol comes from the latin word for golden (“aureus”). And a yellow bird that can be found in some forests in Catalunya is named Oriol as well.


Oh, and yes, I like my name and I’m quite proud of it.

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  1. September 18th, 2009 at 13:33 | #1

    I bet they make it sound like Yuri or “urin” :P

  2. September 19th, 2009 at 12:07 | #2

    ¡Tu nombre viene de “aureus”! Eso es muy chulo, qué envidia. Haces bien en estar orgulloso. Pero sí, les debe de costar un poco pronunciarlo. El mío significa “discípula de Cristo”. ¡Hay que joderse! :-P

  3. Xoxet
    September 26th, 2009 at 12:28 | #3

    URINATOR might be easier for them :P…

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