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Sun, Jun. 11th, 2006, 03:31 pm
Memage 3: The Last Meme

1. What's your name?
Believe it or not, my name really is Marko.

2. Do you know what your real name means?
Not really. It's quite a common name in Finland. In English I think Mark means "hammer of god" but my parents certainly aren't religious.

3. Why did you choose your username?
My name is Marko and I'm a rat. ozkangaroo suggested I just use my name and species on LJ. I couldn't have just used my name anyway because someone whose name is "Mark" thought it would be clever to have their LJ username be "marko". :/

4. At the end, tag as many people as you want, they may or may not answer the questions and post it on their journal.
That's easy. I don't want to tag anyone. :P

Sun, Jun. 11th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
schnee

The name "Marko" derives from "Mars" (the Roman god of war), whose name in turn is probably derived from "Maris", the Etruscan god of agriculture. :)

(Yeah, I admit, I just grabbed that from Wikipedia... ^^)

Mon, Jun. 12th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Or perhaps you'd rather this interpretation from Behind the Name:
Familiar form of MARCUS. Saint Mark was the author of the second Gospel in the New Testament. He is the patron saint of Venice, where he is supposedly buried. Another famous bearer of this name was Mark Antony (Marcus Antonius), the Roman triumvir who was the lover of Cleopatra. Shakespeare tells this story in his tragedy 'Antony and Cleopatra'. Yet another famous bearer was the American author Mark Twain, real name Samuel Clemens, author of 'Tom Sawyer' and 'Huckleberry Finn' (he actually took his pen name from a call used by riverboat workers on the Mississippi River to indicate a depth of two fathoms).
There are a lot of different interpretations around and with respect to Wikipedia, I'm not going to take their etymology (nor the one above) without further research.

Mon, Jun. 12th, 2006 09:34 am (UTC)
schnee

That's not really an explanation, though - they're just referencing people who shared the same name (or a variant of it), but don't explain where it actually came from.

Good luck with your further research. :)