Driftwood 7 03

Driftwood 7 03

Not very surprisingly, Eva and Aeron have very different conceptions of their mum …

(I was actually so out of it when I lettered this in Photoshop that I lettered the whole page 2 in Swedish before I realised that I was supposed to translate it into English.)

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Yes, Aeron says “inherit all his property”. They were born around the revolution, and though their dad went to fight and die in the civil war, the revolution didn’t really spread to their remote area – somewhere on the vast steppes north of the Caspian Sea – until years later. While they were young, private property and social differences were still common in their area. Aeron was sent to work for a big landowner, and Eva was almost married off to another big landowner. However, in the 1930′s things changed very dramatically, but by then Aeron and Eva had both run away on their own.

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I’m actually a bit paedagogic here, because I provided a pronunciation guide for their dad’s name, Oleg. (You can hear it pronounced by real Russian speakers at the end of this nice video.) I have a half finished little info comic where Aeron and Eva explain all about the great wonders of Russian names. Until then, here are the names and pet names that Aeron and Eva go by:

First name, patronymic, surname: Aeron Olegovitch Sanin
Pet names: Ronya, Ronyuk.
“Aeron” is pronounced [a-uh-ron]. Russians would probably confuse it with Aaron/Aharon, which sounds the same. But his name actually comes from an obscure Byzantine saint whom their babushka was a big fan of. (By the way, “babushka” is pronounced [bah-bushka] – I hate it when people put the emphasis on the second syllable and make fun of it …)
“Sanin” [sah-nin] is a surname derived from the first name “Aleksandr”, via the diminutive form “Sanya”, in a similar way as surnames like Sanyutin, Sashenkov, Sahnevitch or Sashkov. (It could also be that it’s actually derived from the first name “Aleksei”, as it shares many diminutive forms with “Aleksandr”.)

First name, patronymic, surname: Yevdokiya Olegovna Sanina
Pet names: Yevdokeyushka, Dunya, Dusya, Dunyechka.
“Yevdokiya” is pronounced [yivda-ki-yah]. It’s also of Greek/Byzantine origin, meaning “to seem well”. But, as opposed to “Aeron”, there really are people with that name in Russia, though it’s considered old-fashioned and weird today.


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