Back to personal names. Joaquin Phoenix is the brother of the dead actor River Phoenix who was a rising star in the firmament of Hollywood before it was swallowed whole in the black hole we now know as Chinese finance. Joaquin’s start as an actor was under his self-given name of “Leaf” but he later returned to the birth name his parent’s gave him. Hilariously, his sister is named “Rain Joan of Arc Bottom”.
Anyway, Joaquin is Puerto-Rican born and his name is the Spanish form of Joachim, a Hebrew name meaning “lifted by Yahweh”. He was undoubtedly given that name because of his mother’s Jewish heritage. Like quinoa, the word looks more confusing than it actually is. It is simply pronounced: “hwah-keen”—almost exactly the inverse of quinoa!