Tuesday, June 24, 2008

What's In A Name?

From http://www.behindthename.com


Gender: Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: WIL-ee-am, WIL-yam [key]

From the Germanic name Wilhelm, which was composed of the elements wil "will, desire" and helm "helmet, protection". The name was introduced to Britain by the Normans.


Gender: Masculine & Feminine

Usage: English

Pronounced: PAHR-kur [key]

From a surname which meant "keeper of the park" in Old French.


Gender: Feminine & Masculine

Usage: English

Pronounced: TRAY-see [key]

From a surname which was taken from a Norman French place name meaning "domain belonging to THRACIUS". This name is also used as a short form of THERESA.


Gender: Masculine

Usage: English, French, German, Biblical

Pronounced: JO-sef (English), zho-ZEF (French), YO-zef (German) [key]

From the Latin Iosephus, which was from the Greek Ιωσηφος (Iosephos), which was from the Hebrew name יוֹסֵף (Yosef) meaning "he will add". In the Old Testament Joseph is the eleventh son of Jacob. Because he was the favourite of his father, his older brothers sent him to Egypt and told their father that he had died. In Egypt, Joseph became an advisor to the pharaoh, and was eventually reconciled with his brothers when they came to Egypt during a famine. This is the name of two characters in the New Testament: Joseph the husband of Mary and Joseph of Arimathea. Also, rulers of the Holy Roman Empire have had this name.

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