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Forum: Iman Family Dialog
From: steve iman
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 4:29 p.m.
Re: Note donald (robert iman)
Sulpico is an interesting name. There are 4 people in the US using the name, and 3 up in British Columbia. There’s one in Australia and one in Saudi Arabia — though it’s estimated that there might be more there. I’m quoting from an online tool which likely doesn’t have good information for Asian cultures. It’s a rare name, the meaning of which isn’t know. There was one Nestor Sulpico several years ago who was a taxi driver in New York City from the Philippines. He was a huge hero since he went to great lengths to return a $70,000 necklace which a client had mistakenly left in his cab. The necklace was of rare South Pacific black pearls and made Sulpico famous as “New York’s most honest taxi driver”.

Iman as a term and name has some nice meanings in Islam, which might have been the source of your Sulpico’s name. I think it means “faith” or “belief” though the name varies some by language and culture and sometimes means “prince”. For most it seems to point to an inward deed or commitment of the person more than the outward aspects or obligations. In other areas it seems to carry connotations of ‘prince’, though most would use an ‘m’ as with Imam. I know from when I was a kid that I saw a newspaper photo of an Iman River once in Russia, and I think a town or city. Then of course there are a couple of fashion models carrying our name;) I’ve heard of this name among Indonesians, and see that there are 25 professionals with our name on LinkedIn. Interesting.

For the old line we talk about mostly here, Iman really comes from Eyman or Eymann, and traces back to Northern Germany and Switzerland. But that sure doesn’t mean that those folks haven’t gotten around. On Facebook, there are a good number of Imans from Brazil and Argentina, and when I’ve asked, they don’t think there’s a relationship.. though a very old Iman tale from the 1500s or so talks of a farm in Northern Germany which was to be inherited and the land wasn’t more than one could work, so that 4 of the boys went off to different parts of the world..and one went to South America it’s thought at a very early time;-)

Care — Steve

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