What does the name Fifika mean>
September 8, 2004 6:12 AM   Subscribe

We've named one of our new kittens Fifika, which my wife says is Hungarian/Romany (it's on a list here). We like the sound of it, but we're having difficulty finding out what it means, if anything (in a European language anyway: apparently it means "be accessible" in Swahili). Anyone know?
posted by PinkStainlessTail to Writing & Language (7 answers total)
 
You realize that Romany and Hungarian are not related languages, right?
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:38 AM on September 8, 2004


You realize that Romany and Hungarian are not related languages, right?

You realize that '/' can often signify "and / or", right?
posted by Space Coyote at 6:44 AM on September 8, 2004


Where did you get the name if you didn't know what it means or what language it was?
posted by agregoli at 7:22 AM on September 8, 2004


My wife doesn't remember where she first heard or saw it, hence the uncertainty on what language it's from, etc. I liked the sound, so the meaning was immaterial to me, but I am curious.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 7:42 AM on September 8, 2004


I'm going to make a leap and assume it's a form of Viveca, which, according to this site, is a Scandinavian word for "life". This site says it has a Latin origin and means "full of life".
posted by frykitty at 7:43 AM on September 8, 2004


You gave the same name to > 1 kitten? Isn't that confusing?
posted by ParisParamus at 10:26 AM on September 8, 2004


You gave the same name to > 1 kitten? Isn't that confusing?

I wrote "We've named one of our new kittens Fifika". Is that grammatically wrong somehow? Looks pretty clear to me.

The other kitten, by the way, is named Eddie.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 11:11 AM on September 8, 2004


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