He felt something fill up his chest, the
sudden wish to have reached out for Ivan’s hand before – to have felt again the
closeness that had teased him in that dusky afternoon, with the man-made moon
in the sky and Ivan’s soft cheek almost pressing against his, lips barely
brushing against his skin. But he knew, within their hesitating palms and
glances, that these flimsy yearnings would only end up hurting.
Let’s talk about it: one of the most annoying issues about Hetalia are *drum roll* the NAMES, people. Characters’ names/surnames, yes.
So, with my friend, I wanted to give them a more “realistic” trait, starting with my nation’s one, Italy.
I tried to change ONLY canon names, not those who are not decided yet (such as Belgium’s or Ukraine’s, for example).
Some of them remained unchanged, because of specific reasons, but I would be glad if all of you could help me with your home country.
N.Italy= Francesco Vargas
(Francesco is a common name in Italy, also is our St. Patron’s name.
As an italian, I’ve never head before of “Feliciano”);
S.Italy= Salvatore Vargas
(Salvatore is a typical southern name, very common in South Italy.
Also here, Lovino is not an italian name.)
I left the same surname chosen by Himaruya just because “Vargas” is an existent italian surname. (If you want to know, it’s actually the name of a football player);
Germany= Ludwig Schmidt
(Only changed the surname here, I think Schmidt is more common in Germany and its sound is similar to the original surname’s one);
Japan= Daisuke Honda
(Kiku is a symbolic name, really beautiful and rare, but I’ve thought to give Japan a common name. Honda is a famous japanese surname, nothing to say about it);
USA= Alfred F. Jones
(Just perfect as it is, I guess);
UK= Arthur Wilson
(I was insecure about his name. At the first time I thought about bames as “Oliver”, because of his popularity and because of Oliver Twist, or “John”. But then I realised that Arthur is good and symbolic as well.
So, I’ve changed the surname. Kirkland was pretty anonymous and I wanted something that could have sounded more british);
France= François Bonnefoy
(Only transformed Francis, which was the english version of the name, in François, very used and “french”);
Russia= Ivan Vasilyev
(Braginski was a polish surname!
I’ve chosen something that still sounded like “Braginski”, but at the same time was a real russian surname);
China= Yao Wang
(I didn’t found anything to change here);
Spain= Antonio Fernandez García;
(Antonio was good, also Fernandez is popular. I’ve only removed Carriedo in order to replace it with García, which is largely used in Spain/countries with a spanish toungue);
Prussia= Gilbert Schmidt
(Gilbert was perfect, only changed the family name);
Austria= Roderich Amadeus Wagner
(Roderich was ok. I’ve added “Amadeus”, because of Mozart and changed the surname in “Wagner”, still a composer’s name. The combination of this three names gives me some sort of nobility impression);
Hungary= Ágnès Horváth
(Totally renamed her. Ágnès is not only cute, but also a bit used, I guess. I found Horváth to be one of the commonest surnames in Hungary);
Canada= Matthew Williams
(I don’t see nothing wrong here, maybe it has to be something francophone in there?);
Belarus= Natałlia Arłoŭskaja
(Leave it as it was; but changed the way it was written);
Egypt= Muhammad Hassan Al-Nur;
(Okay, Muhammad and Hassan are very popular among arabics names, in fact I just leave them to be. But, I found out that Gupta was an Indian surname and also the letter “p” kinda don’t exist in arabic. Soooo I’ve made a list of some cute surname and, at last, Al-Nur won among the others);
Estonia= Jakob Tamm
(Tamm is pretty common, I think, also Jakob is decent);
Finland= Timo Hämäläinen
(Tino actually wasn’t a finnish name, but TiMo yes. Hämäläinen is rather common and it’s a good alternative to Väinämöinen, that is not a real surname);
Greece= Αlexandros Ypsilanti;
(Alexandros is a good, widespread and elegant name. Alexandros Ypsilanti, is also a national hero’s name, during the greek war of indipendence);
Latvia= Raivis Liepa;
(Raivis was an actual latvian name, so why don’t keep it?
Only the surname changed, Galante was an italian one);
Lithuania= Laurynas Valaitis
(I’ve changed everything here, in order to make it realistic, but also to make it sound like “Toris Laurinaitis” as well);
Poland= Feliks Łukasiewicz
(It is just normal as it is);
Sealand= Peter Wilson
(Only changed his family name);
N.Korea= Im Yong Soo
(Just as it was before);
Sweden= Gustav Lindström
(Gustav was the name of many swedish kings. Lindström is commonly used, I think.)
Switzerland= Noah Schweizer
(Noah is commonly used in all the cantons, the surname has a german sound);
Turchia= Sadık Adnan
(Almost the same. The name is written in turkish)
IF ANYONE HAS ANYTHING TO SAY/ADD/ERASE/CORRECT PLEASE, YOU’RE WELCOME! I’D LOVE YOUR HELP.
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