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elisa
Posted: Friday, April 10, 2009 5:05:50 AM

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Do you know that not just the technical terminology derives from Latin, but also people's names have Latin roots?
Hence, knowing Latin allows you to understand the inner meaning of many names!

For example:

Amanda
= Worthy of love (verb amo: amandus-a-um)

Miranda = worthy of admiration (ver miro: mirandus-a-um)

Albus
(Dumbledore ;-) ) = white (albus)

Sylvie/Silvia/Silvano
= forest (silva)

Benedict/Benedetto-a = blessed (benedictus-a-um)

Paul/Paula/Paolo-a= small (paulus-a-um)

Felix= happy (felix)

Fidel = faithful (fides)

Lucy/Lucinda/Lucia/Lucio/Lucius (Malfoy.....well, you can guess that I love Rowling's books!!!)= light (lux)

Max/Maximilian/Massimo/Massimiliano etc.= the greatest (maximum)

Rex= king (rex), Regina= queen

Risa= laught (risus)

Carmen
= poem (carmen)

Patrick/Patricia/Patrizia-o= noble, aristocratic

Victor/Vincent/Victoria= the winner (victoria)


There's also something about ancient Greek!

Andrew/Andrea
= brave, valiant, courageous

Gaia
= Earth

Alexander/Alexandra/Sandra/Alessandro-a
= the protector/defender of men

Alex/Alessio-a
= the one who protects/defends

George/Giorgio= the farmer

Theodore/Dorothy/Teodoro/Dorotea
= a present from God, Theo= divine, Theophilus= Lover of God

Philip/Filippo-a
= horse lover

Agatha
= good, virtuous

Sophia/Sofia= wisdom

Stephen/Steve/Stephanie/Stefano/Stefania= crown

Zoe= life


This is just a very limited list.....do you know other names deriving from Latin (or ancient Greeek)?
In Italy a great part of the most used names derive from Latin or ancient Greek. Do you have names with Latin roots also in your Country? Are they a lot or a few? Are they common or rare?

*ELISA*
SandraM
Posted: Friday, April 10, 2009 5:34:53 AM
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You already put a lot of the answers I knew ;-)
I just thought of Chloe = green, fertile and Alma = "nourishing".
cavarden
Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2009 1:44:56 PM

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It's nice. However, the name "Chloe" doesn't come from Latin but from Greek.
And in the initial list I would make an exception with "Carmen". While it is true that "carmen" means "poem" in Latin, the origin of "Carmen" as a female name is Spanish, from the full name "María del Carmen" which means "Mary of (Mount) Carmel". It's the title that is given to the Virgin Mary in the Carmelite tradition, which is very strong in Spain (St. Theresa, St. John of the Cross...).
As a native Spanish speaker I have always wondered, though, why "Carmel" became "Carmen" in this case, because the Spanish name for Mount Carmel is "Monte Carmelo" (and the Carmelites know that well). ("Carmel" is, of course, originally a Hebrew word -- Karmel, I think.) Perhaps "Carmen" was sort of an abbreviation for "Carmelo", and the "l" became an "n" by a false ethymology based on Latin "carmen" or simply by mispronunciation.
SandraM
Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2009 9:07:57 AM
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Sorry about "Chloe", I thought its coming from Greek was self evident (from the ch).
About Carmen, I found on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmen_(name)that it was a diminutive from the name Carmel.
I didn't know it existed in Italian too, I thought it was only Spanish.

About the names, I just thought of Marc/Marcus/Mark from the Latin "consecrated to Mars, warrior"
elisa
Posted: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 6:26:34 AM

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Hi everyone!

I didn't know that the origin of the name Carmen is Spanish!
Indeed, it is a very popular name in Spain!

I had a friend who studied Latin and was delighted to discover that her name in that language means poem, so I assumed that the Latin form was the original root of this name.

I don't know why and how Carmel became Carmen, but I agree on the hypothesis that maybe the similarity with the Latin word Carmen played a role in this linguistic process.

*ELISA*
Sebastians
Posted: Sunday, January 17, 2010 8:19:26 PM
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Latin/Greek

Luke/Lucas/Luca = light

Latin name Lucas (derived from Greek Λουκας/Loukas) is cognate of Lucius (from lux, lucis). "look" in english comes from same root: luc.

Sebastian/Sebastiano = venerable

Sebastian comes from the Latin name Sebastianus meaning "from Sebaste", name of the town in Asia Minor, which was derived from the Greek word σεβαστος/sebastos.

SandraM
Posted: Monday, January 18, 2010 4:35:21 AM
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Hi Sebastians, welcome aboard and thank you for your contribution.
Sebastians
Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:47:02 PM
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SandraM wrote:
Hi Sebastians, welcome aboard and thank you for your contribution.


Thanks!
Matija
Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2011 5:28:37 PM
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Paul, Patrick, Andrew, Andrea, Gaia, Alexander, Sandra, Alex, George, Giorgio, Theodore, Dorothy, Dorotea, Phillip, Filipo, Agatha, Sophia, Stephen, Steve(n), Gaia and Zoe are Greek, not Latin. It is relatively easy to make a difference: almost each supposed Latin word or name that contains ph,th,ch,z is from Greek. Croats have all above described names and many others like
Katarina/Catherine -gr. pure, innocent
Leo(n) - lat/gr. lion
Stela - lat. star
Jadranko/Adrian/Hadrian - gr. from Adriatic sea
Diana -lat. Diana
Korina -gr. Korinna
Korneli(j)a -lat. Cornelia
Marko/Mark -lat. Marcus
Martin/Martina -lat. Mars
Agneza/Agnes -gr. pure, innocent
Lovro/Lawrence - gr. lauron (kind of tree)
Maja - gr. Maia, godess
etc.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 5:43:07 PM

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And that Carmen comes from Hebrew.

My own name, Kimmo, is one of the few of truly Finnish origin.
It means the reflection of the light from a jewel.

Most of the Finnish names can be traced to Bible and Hebrew, Greek, or Latin.


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chloe00
Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 2:22:58 AM
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Well i do not know this thing. Thanks for sharing it buddy!
Debora Suarez
Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 4:59:14 PM
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I always thought my father's last names were weird. His name is Juan Suarez and I am glad I don't have the Barraza last name, it is too weird to pronounce with the double rr sound. Don't get me wrong, I love my father, just that now I am having my first child and I am starting to look into where these last names come from. Although my mother was born in the U.S. she was raised in Mexico City where she met my father who is Mexican and always like to go by Juan Suarez Barraza, even on his U.S Naturalization papers, he has it written in that manner. My mother's name is Helena Stallings and I was born in California. So as you may see Stallings is not of Mexican origins. So if any of you can help me with the last names Suarez and Barraza I would appreciate any information from this forum.
SandraM
Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 5:40:31 AM
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Hi Debora,
Welcome aboard.
This forum is about the Latin language as spoken by the Romans and not the various languages that derived from it so I am not sure we'll be able to help you.
If you haven't done it already, I advise you to repost this on the Spanish-English forum here.
Anyhow, good luck in your quest about your origins.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 9:29:28 AM

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Deborah, welcome aboard!
Try this site (scroll down for more resources):
http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Barraza-name-meaning.ashx

Also, try to google "barraza name". The same goes with Suarez.



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