Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The name "Bunya"

When people ask the brown bunny's name, the answer is "Bunya".
And then we are asked, "What does it mean? Where did it come from?"

Well, to us, it didn't mean anything except for that sweet, incredibly soft, frequently shedding, cinnamon bunny that appeared in our basement one afternoon (our daughter bought him "on sale" at a pet store).

The name was the result of some errant spark of electricity across a brain synapse that was attempting to make a nonsense name of the word "bunny". Mangle that in some fashion and you get our "Bunya".

Since then, we have discovered Bunya elsewhere...

In Australia, there is a Bunya tree, also called a Bunya Pine. This tree has some SERIOUS pine cones.

Pineapple dwarfed by a Bunya pine cone

Yeah, you don't want to be bonked on the head by a Bunya pine cone,
and it won't send you a postcard or beep before it hits you
(according to the sign - there's no notice)
Well, anyway, Bunya is not named after this tree. Nor is he named after ...
... the Bunya Mountains,
... the Bunya suburb northwest of Brisbane,
... the Bunyaville Forest Preserve,
... the Bunya corporation,
or the Bunya spa in NY.
He is named Bunya,
after himself.

4 comments:

  1. Oh, but there's one more! You missed the viral family: Bunyaviridae! It can cause some pretty nasty diseases, but thanks to your Bunya, I can't look at its name without smiling. =:3

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  2. My first bunny's name was Bunya, and she looked a lot like your Bunya. Her name came about because we first called her Honey, or Honey Bunny, which quickly evolved to Hunya (from the Chinglish phrase of endearment, Honey-ah--we were living in Taipei) Bunya. Then we dropped the Hunya because Bunya was so much more fun to say.

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  3. My first bunny's name was Bunya, and she looked a lot like your Bunya. Her name came about because we first called her Honey, or Honey Bunny, which quickly evolved to Hunya (from the Chinglish phrase of endearment, Honey-ah--we were living in Taipei) Bunya. Then we dropped the Hunya because Bunya was so much more fun to say.

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