Generoso Calonge's daughter Golda is now 26-years-old and studying for her masters in Social Work in New York's Columbia University.
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"Because of her special name, everyone thought my daughter was Jewish when she first arrived at the university," Ambassador Calonge said.
"When she said she was Catholic, they were all surprised but then she explained that her father named her after Golda Meir.
"Golda is my eldest daughter. Before she was born we were thinking what to name her. I thought since she was the eldest she should be strong, determined and possess leadership skills."
Proud of her name
The ambassador said that having read about Golda Meir's leadership and contribution to Israel he decided her name would be the most suitable for his daughter. "I wanted my daughter to be a good strong woman who will know how to face this world.
"I can tell you that my daughter is very proud of her name, she loves it," concluded Calonge.
Calonge will be presenting his credentials to President Shimon Peres later this week, but in the meantime he took part in the president's New Year's reception for members of the foreign Diplomatic Corps posted in Israel.
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