In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
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- His first name was originally William, but he adopted ‘Walt’ in about 1900.
- In 1959 he converted to Roman Catholicism and adopted the first name Léonard in recognition of his admiration for Leonardo da Vinci.
- She refers to her friend by her first name only.
- My first name is Roland.
- He might have seized power in a military coup and immediately cancelled elections, but hey, he's a first-name kind of guy.
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