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Here’s Why Most Latino Nicknames Don’t Make Absolutely Any Sense At All

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Ever wondered where your nickname comes from? Of course we know why some people are called Flaca, Chata, or Pelón. But why is that someone named Jesús is lovingly called Chuy? What about Pepe or Lalo? While these nicknames might feel like they were randomly chosen, there’s usually a straightforward reason to why you get Chuy from Jesús. Usually. Sometimes the explanation takes a little digging and a leap of faith, and sometimes no explanation makes sense. Let’s take a closer look at Spanish nicknames…

Why is Chuy the nickname for Jesús?


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Some people believe Chuy is an acronym for Cristo Hijo Unico de Yahweh, which translates to Christ only son of God. While this makes sense, it’s probably not true. Experts tend to argue that Chuy came about because the word Jesúsito was hard for toddlers to pronounce. Toddlers tend to turn ‘s’ sounds into “ch” sounds, and so instead of saying Jesúsito, they ended up saying Chucho, which then became Chuy.

The “ch” sound is why Ignacio became Nacho.

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Again, Ignacio is hard for toddlers to pronounce, so they end up saying the shorter, easier version Nacho. And when a toddler mispronounces a name consistently, adults start using it as a permanent nickname, according to the Guadalajara Reporter.

There are a lot of nicknames that were invented because of toddler’s mispronouncing adult names.

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Rosario became Charo. Consuelo became Chelo. Luis became Luisito which became Lucho. Alicia became Licha. Marcela became Chela. Concepción became Concha. All of these have that “ch” sound toddlers love so much. Babies really know how to mess up a name.

Here’s an example of how easy it is for a baby to completely change a pronunciation.

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This isn’t child’s play. José became Pepe because language.

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So how does José become Pepe? Well, there’s a few theories out there, but most people tend to agree that Pepe has roots in the Italian language. Giuseppe in Italian is equivalent to Joseph in Spanish (like how Francisco is Frank or Guillermo is William). And a popular nickname for Giuseppe is Beppe/Peppe. So because Joseph and Giuseppe are equivalent in different languages, it makes sense that the nickname for Jose becomes Pepe.

There are a few theories on how Francisco became Pacho/Paco.

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Some people argue that Francisco became Paco because of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known in Latin as Pater Communitatis, which roughly means father of the community. By taking the first two letters of each word, you get Paco, though this theory has mostly been shot down. Others argue that in the Middle Ages, the letters “Ph” were used to create the “F” sound, like the name “Phrancisco.” Because printed writing was an expensive process, names were shortened to save space, meaning that Phrancisco would get shortened to Phco, or Pco, which sounds like Paco when sounded out. However, this theory hasn’t been completely embraced.

Here are some other nicknames you might be familiar with.

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Lalo is the nickname for Eduardo, though no one online seems to know why. Memo is the nickname for Guillermo. Similar to Paco, Paca is the nickname for Francisca. Lupita is a shortened, cute form of Guadalupe. Fito is a nickname for both Adolfo and Rodolfo. Goyo is what you would call Gregorio. Enrique is often known as Kiki, Kiko, or Kiké. You would call Lola by the nickname Delores. And some nicknames are so bizarre they don’t even make sense.

And some nicknames, like Pelón, make total sense.

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Sometimes you just gotta earn that nickname.


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Former Presidential Candidate Tells Educated Dreamer To Go To Another Country

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Former Presidential Candidate Tells Educated Dreamer To Go To Another Country

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On a recent episode of CNN’s “Messy Truth,” anxious Dreamer Elizabeth Vilchis shared concerns that she could be deported when Trump becomes president in January.

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“I will lose my career – my career will come to an end – if [DACA] ends. And I will also potentially be labeled for deportation,” Vilchis told Messy Truth panelists, which consisted of CNN pundit Van Jones, Ana Navarro, and former Senator Rick Santorum.

As a Dreamer, Vilchis is one of the more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country when they were minors.

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Vilchis was brought to the U.S. from Mexico when she was seven years old. Because of the DACA program, which protect people in situations similar to Vilchis’, she was able to get her degree in mechanical engineering, and has spent the past decade helping students enter careers in engineering.

After explaining her story to the panelists, Vilchis asked, “How would you advise someone like me for planning their future?”

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For anyone in her situation, this question could provide people very helpful insights on how they can protect themselves in the coming months. However, former Senator Rick Santorum’s answer was anything but helpful.

“You have the ability to go to any other country right now and apply those wares and be successful and then reapply to come back to America if you so choose.”

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In short: don’t let the door hit you on the way out. That was the response from former Senator Rick Santorum, effectively telling Vilchis to look elsewhere for  work. If Vilchis was deported, the process to return to the U.S. for her specifically could take up to 10 yearswhich would undo everything she’s worked for.

Santorum’s response drew outrage on social media.

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How does turning away educated, productive members of society benefit the U.S.?

As an engineer, Vilchis is working in a field that is very necessary to for an economy’s health. However, over the last several years, the U.S. has seen a marked decline in students looking for careers in this field.

Those who have followed Santorum’s career know that this is par for course.

On the positive side, Trump has claimed he is willing to “work something out” for people in Vilchis’ situation.

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Keep in mind that Trump has also appointed a climate change denier to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a man who opposes minimum wage increases as secretary of labor, and an unqualified man as secretary of housing and urban development. So leaning on Trump’s word might not be the most responsible approach to long term life plans.

If there’s one thing to take away from this, it’s the compassionate words Ana Navarro had for Elizabeth Vilches.

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“You’ve got to tell your story, and change and affect public opinion. Because your stories are beautiful. They’re the stories of the American dream.”

Afterward, Navarro tweeted more words of encouragement.

Watch the entire exchange here.

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READ: This Florida Politician Was Just Elected And Is Already Going After DACA Recipients