I came home today and found a package at my door, it turned out to be 2 books sent to me by my grandmother (thanks). The first one I started reading, "Camaro an american icon" by Gary Wetzenburg. Im a few pages in and they are talking about the name and where it came from, Bob Lund and Ed Rollert came up with the name after reviewing over 5000 company generated suggestions and sitting down with an english-spanish dictionary, a english-french dictionary and Rodget's Thesaurus.
At this point I realized the only definition of that word that I knew of was the car, I have never associated the word with anything else, obvisouly there is a hoast of feelings and associations I had gathered in my life, (fast, sexy, loud, the best, etc..) but I had never known any other definition. Quoting the book, that is quoting Bob Lund:
" I found this word 'Camaro', which had kind of a ring, a dramatic sound to it, and I said, 'Here is a hell of a name!' I read him the various definitions of it, one of which was very appropriate - friend, warm friend, something of that nature."
After reading this I went over to a few dictionary sites, websters, dictionary.com, etc. I wanted to see these 'various' definitions were for my car, now I did not spend alot of time on this but none of the sites I looked at had any other definition but the car. So I looked up the thesaurus, that Rodget's one is copyrighted so you can't see it on the internet I guess so I went to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camaro
, I still did not find any original meaning for the word, but I found a statement that deeply satisfied me, after the GM general manager unveiled the Camaro and gave his interpertation of whar the car meant the automotive press asked Chevrolet product managers, "What is a Camaro?", they replied it was "a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs".
That is so awesome.
Post other definitions if you find them.