Caleb and Sophia with different names

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  • neat blue dog
    neat blue dog

    In one country they're David and Sophie. In another they're Petra and Olena. I just chanced across this recently. Has anybody heard of this?

  • blondie

    I know that the WTS has and probably still does use different pictures on the cover reflecting the skin color of the local people. Not wanting to offend anyone at the door with a person of different background than the seemingly prevailing one in their area.

    I learned this through 2 behind the scene tours of the writing/publishing area.

  • sir82

    Yeah I've heard of it.

    IIRC, I think I heard it had something to do with the name ("Caleb" or "Sophia") meaning something weird or inappropriate in the local language.

  • fastJehu

    In Germany there names are "Philipp" and "Sophia"

  • neat blue dog
    neat blue dog

    Oh God when does it end . . .

  • sparky1

    It appears that the Korean Caleb and Sophia are wearing traditional Korean dress known as Hanbok. Here are a few comments on the meaning of Hanbok taken from Hanbok: An Introduction to South Korea's National Dress - "Regardless of the differences in these classifications, the basic aesthetic framework of all Hanbok is centered abound the Korean fondness for naturalness, desire for supernatural protection and blessings, and the Confucian style dress code. ... However, traditional Hanbok is still worn on special occasions and celebrations such as weddings, Lunar New Year, ancestral rites, and dol, a child first birthday." -

  • Anders Andersen
    Anders Andersen

    David and Sofie is what they're called in the Netherlands.

    'Caleb' and 'Sofia' are very, very rare names around here.

    To compare: Only about 200 people in the Netherlands are called Caleb or Kaleb as either their first or second name.

    David is around 30.000 (alternative spellings like Dávid, Davíd etc. not even included) people.

    If they would have gone with Caleb even Dutch JW would roll their eyes over the cultiness. But with 'David' it's still a Biblical name, but much more common.

  • RubaDub

    Maybe it's where I have lived in the US (New York State and Florida), but I have never thought of Caleb as being anything close to a common name. In fact, I cannot think of anyone named Caleb.

    (Ok, ok, prove me wrong people. I'm sure someone here knows of a town in Nebraska or somewhere where every other boy is named Caleb. I'll accept the fact I am not "regional" enough now and get it over with).

    Rub a Dub

  • sparky1

    RubaDub, my best friend has a son named Caleb and one of my customers is named Caleb. Both are around 30 years old. I live in the United States. In 2018 it was the 45th most popular boys name in the United States.

  • RubaDub

    RubaDub, my best friend has a son named Caleb and one of my customers is named Caleb. Both are around 30 years old. I live in the United States.

    sparky1 ...

    I knew it wouldn't take long for someone to prove my hypothesis that I am a shallow, inwardly antisocial psychopath. I asked for it and got it.

    But anyway, thanks. It could also be a nice name for a Labrador Retriever my wife and I are planning to get. I will ask her what she thinks.

    Rub a Dub

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