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Rescue of the Chilean Miners Inspires Weddings and Baby Names

Rescued Chilean Miner Florencio Avalos

Rescued Chilean Miner Florencio Avalos. Reuters photo.

As we watch the rescue of the 33 trapped Chilean miners unfold, I can’t help but think about all of the babies involved in this story.  Back in September, the world celebrated the birth of baby Esperanza, the daughter of miner Ariel Ticona and his wife Elizabeth Segovia.  The baby was originally to be named Carolina, but Ticona, his fellow miners and his wife decided to call her Esperanza, meaning “hope.”

Esperanza isn’t the only child that’s provided inspiration for the men who’ve been trapped underground since August 5th.

Jimmy Sanchez, the youngest miner at age 19, “said thoughts of his baby daughter helped him to survive his extraordinary 69 days underground,” according to the U.K.’s Mirror.  In a letter Sanchez wrote to his family while trapped underground, he said, “I have suffered much and do not want to suffer more.  In the toughest times I thanked God that I had a daughter.”

The first miner to be rescued, Florencio Avalos, hugged his 7-year-old son immediately after reaching the surface.  His son was naturally in tears at the sight of his father after 69 days apart.  One of the older miners, Jose Ojeda, was greeted in the rain by his step-daughter.

Father of two Claudio Yanez and his long term partner, Cristina Nunez – who “proposed to him in a letter sent down to the miners,” per the BBC, plan to wed now that he’s been rescued.  Esteban Rojas has promised his long-time partner, Jessica Ganiez, who he married in a civil ceremony, the big Catholic wedding she always wanted.  The couple have “raised three children and even have two grandchildren together.”  Rojas was rescued at 1:50 pm EST today, got down on his knees and made the sign of the cross, then hugged and kissed Ganiez.

Amy Keyishian at The Stir asks if the Chilean miners will experience a mini baby boom in 9 months.  That may be.  But if you’ve got a baby on the way, and you’ve been inspired by the tremendous fortitude these men have shown and the miracle of their rescue, you might consider naming your baby girl Paloma, or “dove” – which is what the food and care packages sent down to the miners are called.  Other popular baby names for girls in Chile include:

Martina
Constanza
Catalina
Valentina
Sofía
Javiera
Antonia
María
Isidora
Francisca
Fernanda
Camila
Antonella
Florencia
Josefa
Emilia
Belén
Ignacia
Pía

If you’ve got a little boy on the way, the names of the miners themselves may provide inspiration.  Names of miners who haven’t been mentioned in this post include Mario, Juan, Carlos, Osman, Jose, Alex, Jorge, Edison, Victor, Daniel, Omar, Pablo, Dario, Yonni, Samuel, Renan, Claudio, Franklin, Richard, Raul, Pedro and Luis.

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