MEANING OF HUMAN NAMES – Dr Dawn Gould

The English language which is still adding new words to its vocubulary, was derived from many languages and cultures.  The small British island was many, many hundreds of years ago visited, attacked, colonized, brutalized. Sometimes people managed to flee other times they stood their ground and fought back. Slowly additional words entered daily conversation.  Open any page of an English language dictionary and check word details, usually in brackets, and the reader will note history references to Latin, Germanic, French, Greek etc., etc.   Eventually British citizens became colonizers and soldiers themselves. This resulted in additional words from Indian, Malay, Hebrew, Arabic, Afrikaans etc., being added to the beauty and the richness of the English language. In many instances they made their way to English by way of either Latin or other Romance languages

Examples:    EUSEBIUS is from the Greek word meaning pious whereas EDWARD is from Old English meaning rich guard.   EDITH also from Old English suggests being happy or a rich war!   Benedict is from Latin for blessed.   When a child is given a name by parents or grandparents it does not mean that they know the original meaning of the name rather it could have been given showing respect for a relative of the past or present.  There are many more examples to keep a reader interested and on occasion amused.   STOEP   from Afrikaans and meaning a verandah, ADOBE, ALGEBRA  from Arabic, SCHLEP Yiddish to drag about                                                                                                                                                                                 .