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Etymology of My Best Friends Names

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Alice Gleadhill

on 2 October 2012

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Etymology of
My Best Friends Names Megan is a feminine Welsh English
proper noun. Before the
20th century it was typically used as a pet name for Margaret. Megan means
course woman in Old English Dialect.
Margaret is from Latin Margarita from Greek margarites meaning pearl. Pearls were an important trade item
at the time. Caroline is a
French feminine
name from Italian
Carolina. It was originally
a feminine adjective from
Middle Latin Carolus meaning
Charles. Charles means good man
or husband so the feminine form,
Caroline, must have been coined to
mean good woman or wife. Elizabeth is a feminine proper name coming from the Biblical name of Elishebha Aaron the first priest of Isreal's wife's name. From Late Latin Elisabeth, and from Greek Eleisabeth or Eleisabet. Coming from Hebrew Elishebha meaning "God is an oath". People wanted their children to be connected to god and the biblical values so they named their children Elizabeth. Nathan is a masculine proper
name. Nathan is a biblical
prophet from Hebrew literally
meaning "he has given," from the
verb nathan which is related to
mattan "gift". Nathan can also be
a shortened version of Nathaniel
meaning "god has given". When
Nathan is born he is a gift
from god hence the name. A feminine proper name of Germanic origin is Amelia. Amelia literally means "laborious". Later assimilated with Roman gens (families or clans) Aemilia. Throughout the post classical period Germanic people were less advanced than other societies and often used technology that did not fit their geographical location causing life to be laborious and so the name Amelia came to be. My big
sisters name
is Claire this
is a feminine proper
name from the French
word claire feminine of
clair literally meaning
"light or bright" from Latin
clarus "clear, bright, distinct". Clear
means to "see through" so light shines through. This is most likely how the name Claire came along. Owen is a Celtic masculine proper name ultimately from Greek eugenes "well-born"
from Gaelic Eoghann, Old Irish Eogan, Old
Welsh Eugein or Ougein. In Medieval records
it is frequently Latinized as Eugenius; the
form Eugene emerged in Scotland by the
late 12th century. My little brother's name is spelled Eoin but pronounced Owen! My name is a feminine proper
one from Old French Aliz and from
Old High German Adalhaid literally
meaning "nobility, of noble kind". My grandmother who I am named after was a wealthy Irish upper class woman who helped the needy by donating funds and supplies. Justin is a masculine proper name coming from Latin Iustinus that literally means "just" from iustus. Just means "righteous in the eyes of God; upright, equitable, impartial, justifiable, and reasonable". These are qualities everyone would want in a child so the name Justin came about. Bella is a feminine proper name from Italian bella meaning "fair" and from Latin feminine of bellus meaning "beautiful or fair". Spanish and Latin are both romance languages which is why they have similar words. Helen
which is my
mothers middle name
comes from French
Hélène and from Latin
Helena also it is from Greek
Helene these are all feminine
proper names probably feminine of
helenos "the bright one". Louis is a masculine proper
name, from French Louis,
from Old French Loois,
probably from Middle Latin
Ludovicus, a Latinization of Old
High German Hluodowig
which literally means
"famous in war" which is
probably why 18 kings of
France were named that Angela is a feminine proper name it is Latin
feminine form of angelus meaning "angel".
Greek angelos "messenger, envoy, one that
announces" In Hebrew mal'akh (yehowah)
means the "messenger of Jehovah". Hannah is a feminine proper name the biblical mother of the prophet Samuel, from Hebrew, literally "graciousness" from the stem of hanan "he was gracious, showed favor" Hannah is a common name because many religions study versions of the bible and the name Hannah is in these Matthew is a masculine proper name, introduced in England by the Normans from Old French Mathieu then from Late Latin Matthaeus and after that from Greek Matthaios a contraction of Mattathias from Hebrew Mattathyah "gift of Jehovah" from mattath "gift". A baby to any family is a gift the was the words are pronounced makes me think of the way people talked then. This project taught me lots about etymology and its influences on words, places, and names! I enjoyed doing this project especially seeing the faces of my friends when I told them the history of their names! Bibliography Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2012. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/>. "Oxford Dictionaries Online." Oxford Dictionaries Online. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Sept. 2012. <http://oxforddictionaries.com/?region=us> "Online Etymology Dictionary." Online Etymology Dictionary. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Sep. 2012. <http://www.etymonline.com/>
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