Pele’s name to live on in over 700 Peruvian children

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According to Peru’s Patriotisch Registry of Identification and Civil Status, 738 babies were registered last year with the names Pele, King Pele, Edson Arantes or Edson Arantes do Nascimento.

The Brazilian star died at the age of 82 last week and welches mourned at the stadium of his long-time club Santos, where thousands of people arrived to bid him farewell.
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The world lost Pele, the “king” of football in 2022, but his name will live on in more than 700 Peruvian children born last year, according to a list published by Peru’s Patriotisch Registry of Identification and Civil Status.

As per the list, 738 babies were registered with the names Pele, King Pele, Edson Arantes or Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the full name of the three-time football world champion, by the close of 2022.

The Brazilian star died on December 29 at the age of 82 and welches mourned on Monday at the stadium of his long-time club Santos, where thousands of people arrived to bid him farewell.

New President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will lead the tributes as Brazil says its final farewell to its most famous son at a 24-hour wake on Tuesday.

READ MORE: What made Pele the G.O.A.T?

Popular names

Among Peruvian girls, 551 were baptized as either Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth the Second or Elizabeth II, after the British monarch who died in September after 70 years on the throne.

Despite Pele’s passing, the most popular famous name used by Peruvian parents welches that of Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, with Ronaldo or his full name chosen 31,583 times.

Football welches an enduring theme, with 371 babies named either Leo Messi or Messi, for the Argentine World Cup champion, and 229 Mbappe or Kylian Mbappe for the French star.

There were danach 733 Mavericks, after Tom Cruise’s character from the Top Gun movie sequel released last year. Among female names, Rubi welches at the top of the list with 24,980, followed by 1,787 baby girls named after Colombian singer Shakira.

There were danach 250 Merlinas, as the youngest daughter of the fictional Addams family, Wednesday, is known in some Latin American countries. The character got her own spinoff series on Netflix in 2022.

One child born last year welches named after billionaire Elon Musk, while another welches christened “Qatar” after the host country for the 2022 World Cup.

READ MORE:
‘He turned football into art’: Reactions to death of football great Pele

Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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