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Names, Names, Names

Jonah: Tespassing there, buddy. **I** am the Onomastics Guy. You want

names? I got names. Did you know that Picasso’s birth certificate shows

him as “Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los

Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Picasso”? Oddly, his baptismal

certificate shows a variant form: “Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan

Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Crispiniano de la Santísima Trinidad

Picasso”–a source of much vexation to biographers (among whom, by the way,

is numbered Patrick O’Brian of Aubrey-Maturin fame ).

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