Winny, Faylla…meet maringas who have unusual names

Winny, Faylla…meet maringas who have unusual names

In Brazil, it is now possible to change your name directly at the civil registry office, without having to go to court. This is because, in June this year, the measure that amended the Public Records Act of 1973 came into force, with the approval of Law 14.382/2022. Now, any citizen over the age of 18 or children registered for up to 15 days can request a change without explaining why.

Until then, it was necessary to open a case for the change of the first name to be accepted, even in a state of anger or shame. The previous law also specified that the change could only be requested between the ages of 18 and 19.

But, contrary to those who would like to change their name, there are those who will not change any other name. And the reason is because they are unusual names. O GCM Online spoke to the inhabitants of Maringá by unusual names – know the story.

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‘Sovereign’ is the meaning of the name Maxine, a 33-year-old military police officer and personal trainer, from Maringá. The name was given by the mother, and it was already the first choice. The pronunciation is ‘Maquicine’, but Max, as he is called by his friends, says he usually pronounces ‘Machine’ and ‘Maximine’. “Sometimes I say (officially) that my name is Max to avoid repeating Maxine. But if I have to mention the full name, I will do it, no problem,” he says.

He says that before he wanted to be called Max, and now that should come true. That’s because Maxine is currently going through a transformation and she’s changing everything into a man. “And from what I researched, the male will be “Max”, which means “Biggest and best”, “The one who is great”. But I still prefer Maxine and think “King”, because of getting “Max” very common among North Americans. I’ve been told that “spiritual” means “teachable spirit”, but I focus more on the former,” he explains.

She says that she has experienced several funny situations involving her name, as “generally everything that Maxine doesn’t see becomes a joke”.

“The advantage is that people memorize it, because it’s different. I deal with my name, putting its meaning inside and taking it to what I’m trying to be”.


The one who chose the name Winny Gabriela Luz Costa, 26, was her father, guided by Winnie Mandela, a South African activist and politician and Nelson Mandela’s second wife.” Winny was always the first choice, but it should have been Winny Rafaela. , but at the end it was changed to Winny Gabriela”, he says.

An only child, he is the only one in the family with a different name. He says that the meaning of Winny is “lover or friend of peace”, “blessed reconciliation”, and that the name is related to the fervor of friendship, with the commitment to this relationship that can make him as strong as a stone.

Mispronunciation is common, and so is changing the name. He says he is often called Aline, Vine, Willy and Ini. But he teaches: the correct pronunciation is Uini. Usually, people still think the name is masculine. “However, I didn’t care that they didn’t get my name the first time.”

Regarding the benefits of having a different name, he says that he manages to be unique among all the residents and places he goes to.

“I love having a different name, I feel unique and rare wherever I go .. and the fact that people comment that I’ve never met “Winny” and I always hear “You’re the first Winny I know”.


Randy Lucas Fusieger is a journalist and he is 27 years old. “According to what I have already researched, the origin of the name is Hungarian and it means “wolf with a shield”, something like a wild animal that can protect itself from the challenges it faces. I think that’s about it,” he says.

The person responsible for choosing the name was the mother, who already had Randy as her first choice.

“Since when my parents found out that I am a boy, they decided to call me myself. They didn’t think of many options to name really, because even my birth was funny: after the birth of my middle brother (we have 3 sons), my father had a vasectomy procedure. However, his body did not do as expected and because the surgery was done using a beating style (with thread), his body absorbed this thread, and my mother ended up getting pregnant and I was born”, he says.

One of the brothers even has an unusual name: Rauine. “It’s just an old man, called Johnny, who has a common name. Rauine and I used to have different names.”
In such a situation, he ends up dropping the name and using Lucas, his middle name. “In restaurants that ask for the customer’s name to call when the order is ready, I always choose Lucas. It’s easy for me, since I don’t have to say my first name, and for the waiter, who takes the information quickly and passes the order to production,” he explains.

Regarding the pronunciation, he explains that in the United States his name is more common, so the pronunciation there is ‘Réndy’. “But here it is called what you say: Randy. A type of hand, from Handball”, he explains.

And it also goes through a constant phenomenon in the life of a person who has an unusual name, which is called incorrectly and has a name that is spelled incorrectly. “What they write mostly is Rand or Hand. When they call them, they often call Rendy, but he was also called Sandy (from the two Sandy and Junior)”, he laughs. Also, every time someone listens to Randy for the first time, they get a funny feeling. “Someone looks scared and asks” how?”, with a scared face, and then I go and write the name. But out of discomfort, laughter or a joke, no, they didn’t make much fun of my name.

Randy doesn’t have kids, but if he does, he says he’d bet on more common names. “I really like Lucas, Matheus, Fernando … silent names”, he jokes.

The biggest advantage, for him, is being able to be identified specifically by name.

“I don’t know any other Randys, for example. It even has a funny advantage, which is to hear “I will keep your contact with Randy only in my schedule, because I will definitely not meet any other Randys, so it’s only you”.

As a child, he had a bit of trouble pronouncing his name, as with Randy being different, he has an unusual spelling and pronunciation of the last name. “My name is also a bit difficult, because it’s of German origin, it’s spelled Fusieger but it reads “Fuziéguer”, not “ger”, the ending is “guer”. So saying my full name was always kind of a challenge having to explain the name. It made me think in a way, like “hey, if my name was really complicated, it would be better”. But that passed, and today I adore my name!


“My dream is to know the meaning of my name, but even Google doesn’t find it”. That’s what Djessila de Souza Mauro, a 32-year-old interior designer, says. Diéssila, as it is pronounced, was the only choice the mother had as a name if she had a girl.

“It was my mother, when I was 16 years old and I didn’t even have my father. My grandmother’s friend came from America with her daughter, who was called Djessila. My mother liked the name, she was happy and said that if she had a daughter she would name it. Parents mine got married when I was 19 and soon my mother got pregnant, after four months of marriage. She found out she would be a girl at birth. So my father would choose the name if it was a boy and my mother if it was a girl. Good thing I came. My father liked the name Djessila so much that if it was a boy he would have wanted to put it in Djelington. So it was lucky that I had a different name, “he says.

Called Djéssi, he often fakes his name, especially to older people, who, according to him, have more difficulty in pronouncing. “I say call Jessica. I’m surprised when they say the same. Many stop when they say my name, they are joking.

When asked if he has ever been in a funny or unpleasant situation because of his name, he says that once he went to the doctor and the girl called him someone, but it had nothing to do with his name. “I was there waiting to be seen, until the time passed and I asked if it would take a long time. He said I have already been called. I said no, I was there the whole time and I said my name. The girl was very embarrassed because she got my name wrong.”

Still, he assures that he never thought of changing his name. He considers Djessila to be strong and true.

“I like it, I think my name suits me. I think it’s super cool. For example, my social networks, email, every time I open an account my name is free, and when someone talks about me everyone already knows who it is”.


To this day, at the age of 35, he also does not know the meaning of that name. Called Fay, Faylla Cristina Siqueira de Amorim’s name was chosen by her mother. He says that he has gone through phases where he wanted to have a common name. “Like Bruna, Camila…but I have a middle name”, she jokes, referring to her middle name, Cristina.

However, he never thought of changing his name, and he never lied about having another name. “Usually they don’t believe that my name is that. They are always wrong, but what I hear the most is Sayla.”

“The advantage is being unique and always remembered for it. When I was a child I thought it was bad, but I saw that there are people with worse names”, he jokes.


Jaqueline and Raquel are the frequent names that pilot Racqueline Catanio Tavares, 33, is called. Even with other name possibilities, her mother chose Racqueline, who is of Spanish and Portuguese descent. Known as Raque, he never wanted to have another name and usually has no other names.

“I like it. People end up remembering more easily.”