Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Meaning of Paras

Paras is a family name common in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. In the Philippines, it simply means spicy in the Tagalog and Kapampangan language while in the Cebuano language, a similar term is “paras-paras” meaning rowdy, rough or brawler. However, it has other meanings in other languages too. For example, in Sanskrit, Gujarati or Hindu it means a stone that converts iron or any metal into gold or it also means, "A diamond on top of the snake that is around god Shiva's neck and if this diamond touches something, it turns it into gold.” In short, it means touchstone. In English, it is the shortened term for paratroopers. In Serbia it means a monetary unit equal to one hundredth of a Serbian dinar. For Pokémon aficionados, Paras is a very crablike, six-legged Pokémon with two mushrooms on its back that has the ability to incapacitate its enemies. 

Some notable people with Paras somewhere in their name include:

Paras Bir Bikram Shah Dev - the last Crown Prince of Nepal
Benjie Paras -  is a Filipino actor and a former professional basketball player of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). He is the only PBA player to win both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors, in a single season (1989).
Lalaine Vergara-Paras - best known for her role as Miranda Sanchez in the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire
Father Macario Paras - the first parish priest of Holy Rosary Parish(1829 – 1842) in Angeles City, Philippines. He founded the veneration of the Dead Christ or Holy Sepulcher in the province which still thrives until this day.


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