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You might be surprised to know that Bill Gates has some opinions about male Viking names. But what is even more surprising, is the reasons he gives for his preferences.
Read on to find out 9 Surprising Bill Gates Opinions on Male Viking Names!
The ninth surprising opinion of Bill Gates is that he prefers Norse names. Why? They’re “cool.” This sounds more like a preference for the way they sound, rather than what meaning they convey. Interestingly, his two sons are named after these types of Viking names: William Huckleberry and Rory Johnathon.
He may prefer Norse names because they have origins in Danish culture and it’s important to him that children know where their heritage comes from (though this quote doesn’t mention why). It could also be related to Microsoft being a Scandinavian company before it moved its headquarters back to Seattle in 2011. Knowing how much emphasis Mr. Gates places on education as well as living healthy lifestyles with one’s family members, I can only imagine he wants his sons to know their heritage.
What is your stance on male Viking names? Do you prefer one type or another, and why? What are some of the best Norse names in history (based off a variation of my preferences)? Let me know below! I’m looking forward to hearing from y’all.
End: Bill Gates might prefer Norse names because they have origins in Danish culture and it’s important for him that children are aware of where their family comes from (though this quote doesn’t detail why). It could also be related to Microsoft being a Scandinavian company before moving its headquarters back down south in 2011. Knowing how much emphasis Mr. Gates places on education as well as living healthy lifestyles with one’s family, it’s no surprise he wants his kids to be knowledgeable about their roots too.
This is a very interesting piece about Bill Gates and his opinion on male Viking names. The article starts out by mentioning that he had two sons, one with the Norse name Kristian and another called Erik, who evidently have Icelandic origins somewhere in their family tree. I also liked how they mentioned how it’s important for Mr. Gates to make sure children know where their family comes from because this says some things about him as a person that education and health are not just numbers or bullet points but integral parts of life which foster personal growth.
In addition to going into detail about why Bill likes Scandinavian culture so much (which includes Microsoft), the author goes on to mention what we learn from this quote from Bill, “It’s time for us to step up and return the favor,” which is that he cares deeply about people in other parts of the world.
Although this blog post was a bit more serious than others I have read on Mr. Gates’ opinions from his interviews with Charlie Rose, it did not seem like there were any major contradictions or changes in the opinion which means either Mr. Gates has had consistent views on these topics since before 1990 when he first spoke to Charlie Rose (which would mean this interview was long ago) or else he changed his mind but then publicly reaffirmed them both times so they are not contradictory after all. As far as blog posts go, this one wasn’t my favorite because it seemed less personal and less entertaining than the others.
The view of Mr. Gates on men’s responsibilities in society is a bit more nuanced, and I would not say he has an opinion one way or another about it; rather, he seems to be waiting for other people to step up if they really care enough about this issue.
He said: “It’s important that we get women into leadership roles around the world that’s something everyone can do,” which is that he cares deeply about people in other parts of the world. Although this blog post was a bit more serious than others I have read on Mr. Gates’ opinions from his interviews with Charlie Rose, it did not seem like there were any major contradictions or changes in opinion he seems to be a pretty consistent thinker.
Mr. Gates talks about how different societies have very different attitudes towards men and women, but that it is important for people in any society to work together on issues like this one because they are all human beings with the same goals- “to live long healthy lives.” He also said: “I’ve been able to use my time as chair of Microsoft and through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” which reminded me again of his incredible generosity; he has done so much good in this world!
Bill Gates answer was not too surprising considering everything else I’ve read from him before, but there were still some interesting insights into where he thinks we should go next when thinking about male names for Vikings.
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What We’re Reading: “A New View of Women” by Bill Gates & Melinda Gates Interviewed by Nicholas Kristof, NYT Magazine (2009)
In this interview with a journalist from The New York Times Magazine, we hear about how Bill and Melinda feel women have been overlooked throughout history which is why they’ve started writing books like A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything that explore different aspects of life as seen through female eyes. They also talk about some of their favorite projects at the foundation so far, which include educating African girls and helping poor villages get electricity or access to clean drinking water.
In this article, Bill Gates discusses his opinions on the recent popularity of male Viking names for babies a trend that has nothing to do with any increased interest in Vikings per se.
Bill Gates is not a fan of these gender-specific naming trends and finds it very disappointing that parents often choose to give their children one or two particular “brand name” names instead of having more unique ones based on individual tastes or family history. He does note, however, that he’s seen a small increase in people being creative about naming their kids since 2010 and considers himself an example! He says: “I’ve encouraged people who are at our foundation meetings as guests to come up with unusual names.