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What does the name Pele (as in the Brazilian football legend) actually mean? Is there a Portuguese meaning at all?

Question #58250. Asked by doomed.
Last updated Aug 22 2016.

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gtho4
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gtho4
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According to this interview, it was a childhood rubbish nickname, which he didn't like.

Why Pelé?
It was not a nickname I wanted as a child. My family called me Dico, my mates in the street called me Edson. When they started to call me Pelé I didn’t want them to. I thought it was a rubbish name. Now you even see it in the Bible. In Hebrew Pele means miracle. A theologian discovered this, and then told us. Which means, its there in the Bible. Sometimes I ask Jesus, “Man, Explain to me.” I know I will die like everyone. We’re just waiting for the hour. These things,this lack of explanations, make us curious, often I don’t have the answer. Only God knows.

link http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Pele_(soccer_player).aspx

[Link updated on August 22, 2016 by shuehorn]

Response last updated by shuehorn on Aug 22 2016.
Jul 10 2005, 2:59 PM
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lanfranco
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lanfranco
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According to this site, it was a childhood nickname, and Pele himself has said that he has no idea what it means.


link http://www.answers.com/topic/pel

Jul 10 2005, 3:01 PM
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peasypod
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As for the Portuguese meaning, it translates to the word for 'skin'. (But that's without the accent on the e...)

Jul 10 2005, 4:39 PM
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