Monday, August 10, 2015

What's in a Name?

Gabriel
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Catalan, English, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Pronunciation:  ga-bree-EL (French), GAH-bryel (Spanish), GAHP-ree-ǝl (German), GAHB-ree-el (Finnish), GAY-bree-el (English), GAHP-ryel (Polish)

Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name Gavri'el, meaning "God is my strong man" or "God is my strength."  In the Bible, this was the given name of an archangel who announced the births of John to Zechariah and Jesus to Mary.

As a given name, it has been in use occasionally in England since the 12th century, but was not common in the English-speaking world until the 20th century.

Ilsa
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  German
Pronunciation:  IL-sah

Meaning & History
Variant of Ilse, which is the Dutch and German diminutive of Elisabeth, ultimately meaning "my God is an oath" or "my God is abundance.


Yancey
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  YAN-see, YANt-see

Meaning & History
Variant of Yancy, which hails from a surname and is the Americanized form of the Dutch surname Jansen, meaning "Jan's son." 









Jemma
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  English (British)
Pronunciation:  JEM-ǝ 

Meaning & History
Variant of Gemma, which is a Medieval Italian nickname meaning "gem, precious stone."












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