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Thread: Your First Name, Its Origin and Meaning

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    Your First Name, Its Origin and Meaning

    My name is Timo. I pretty much thought that my name was short form of Timoteo/Timotheus from the Bible, but now I know different. I came to know that Timotheus meant, honourer of god (or something similiar). This was wierd to me, because I have been a Germanic Heathen for years. I read a certain article, Wie soll unser Kind heißen? (What should our child be named?), and I was dead set on giving my offspring germanic names, even if mine hadn't been.
    Untill, to my surprise, I came along a site of origin of german names, and found my amoungst them.
    It said Timo was a variant of Dietmar. Apparently the evolution is: Dietmar -> Thietmar -> Thiemo -> Thimo -> Timo.
    http://www.kunigunde.ch/HMD.htm#gnDietmar
    I guess Dietmar, and likewise Timo, means "known of the people."

    What is the meaning of your name, and what is the origin?

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    Biblical name here so I won´t share it
    But my father´s name is Alfred which means "he who advises with elfish help".
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    I always love the name Alfred. I hate that the jewish hollywood and comic-book culture made Alfred to be a name of a Butler.

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    My Christian name is Aramaic
    My surname is Gaelic and means " Descendent of the Little Warrior"

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    My double Christian name is well-known on Skadi as my username; contrary to what some lowlife badmouth behind my back on some other forums, it's no imposture.

    My family is very common throughout Belgium, even south of the language border, and also reasonable spread across the southern provinces of the Netherlands.
    It's a patronyme which underwent a declension with -s; my NP nickname is the root name and means "friend of the Goths".

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    Quote Originally Posted by goswinus
    My double Christian name is well-known on Skadi as my username; contrary to what some lowlife badmouth behind my back on some other forums, it's no imposture.
    The Austro-Hungarian Emperor who shares your double Christian name was a great man also and I considered him for my top three :

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zyklop
    Biblical name here so I won´t share it
    But my father´s name is Alfred which means "he who advises with elfish help".

    Yes, I have a Classical/Biblical first name as well. Here is what this site has to say about the name 'Peter':



    PETER m
    Usage: English, German, Scandinavian, Slovene, Biblical
    Pronounced: PEE-tur
    Derived from Greek petros meaning "stone". In the New Testament Jesus gave the apostle Simon the name Cephas (meaning "stone" in Aramaic) which was translated Peter in many versions of the Bible (compare Matthew 16:18 and John 1:42). Simon Peter was the most prominent of the apostles during Jesus's ministry and he is considered by some to be the first pope. This name was also borne by Peter the Great, the czar of Russia who defeated Sweden in the Great Northern War in the 18th century.


    My surname is one of undetermined and perhaps multiple origins. My direct pateral line, thus the carrier of the surname hails from Fowlis Wester in the lowlands of Perthshire Scotland. They could have been Gaels or maybe Saxons...

    Here is what this site says about it:

    Search results for: Alan;allan
    Derived, according to Julius Scaliger, from the Sclavonic Aland, a wolf-dog, a hound, and Chaucer uses Aland in the same sense. Bailey derives it as the same from the British. Camden thinks it a corruption of Ælianus, which signifies sun-bright. From the same we have Allen, Allin, Alleyne. In the Gaelic, Aluinn signifies exceedingly fair, handsome, elegant, lovely; Irish, Alun, fair, beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalonord
    Yes, I have a Classical/Biblical first name as well. Here is what this site has to say about the name 'Peter':



    PETER m
    Usage: English, German, Scandinavian, Slovene, Biblical
    Pronounced: PEE-tur
    Derived from Greek petros meaning "stone". In the New Testament Jesus gave the apostle Simon the name Cephas (meaning "stone" in Aramaic) which was translated Peter in many versions of the Bible (compare Matthew 16:18 and John 1:42). Simon Peter was the most prominent of the apostles during Jesus's ministry and he is considered by some to be the first pope. This name was also borne by Peter the Great, the czar of Russia who defeated Sweden in the Great Northern War in the 18th century.


    My surname is one of undetermined and perhaps multiple origins. My direct pateral line, thus the carrier of the surname hails from Fowlis Wester in the lowlands of Perthshire Scotland. They could have been Gaels or maybe Saxons...

    Here is what this site says about it:

    Search results for: Alan;allan
    Derived, according to Julius Scaliger, from the Sclavonic Aland, a wolf-dog, a hound, and Chaucer uses Aland in the same sense. Bailey derives it as the same from the British. Camden thinks it a corruption of Ælianus, which signifies sun-bright. From the same we have Allen, Allin, Alleyne. In the Gaelic, Aluinn signifies exceedingly fair, handsome, elegant, lovely; Irish, Alun, fair, beautiful.

    Both top-notch names :

    Allan / Alan is a common name in Scotland and to a lesser extent in Ireland.
    Perthshire (as I'm sure you know) is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Saxons generally did not settle so far north. The Angles, penetrated as far as Lothian but noweher as far as Perthshire.
    The region would have been Pictish until eventually incorporated into the united Pictish/Scottish kingdom.
    If that name has been given to successive generations then I would say it likely is from the Gaelic.
    If your parents just chose it because they liked it, then it could be from anything you want

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milesian
    Both top-notch names :

    Allan / Alan is a common name in Scotland and to a lesser extent in Ireland.
    Perthshire (as I'm sure you know) is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Saxons generally did not settle so far north. The Angles, penetrated as far as Lothian but noweher as far as Perthshire.
    The region would have been Pictish until eventually incorporated into the united Pictish/Scottish kingdom.
    If that name has been given to successive generations then I would say it likely is from the Gaelic.
    If your parents just chose it because they liked it, then it could be from anything you want

    Thanks lad!

    Yes, it is a paternal surname and it doesn't seem to have undergone any changes since my Scottish immigrant ggggggg-grandfather came here to America in the late 1760s. However, he (David) came over with his brother (William) and I've seen his brother refered to in records as William Ellen as opposed to Allen...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalonord
    Thanks lad!

    Yes, it is a paternal surname and it doesn't seem to have undergone any changes since my Scottish immigrant ggggggg-grandfather came here to America in the late 1760s. However, he (David) came over with his brother (William) and I've seen his brother refered to in records as William Ellen as opposed to Allen...
    Interesting. I wonder if it really was Ellen?
    Not a name I'm familiar with (at least for a male ), but not impossible I guess.

    My own hunch is that immigrants names were often incorrectly registered with regards to spelling,etc.
    It happened in the 19th century with Irish immigrants to Scotland.
    Many of them were illiterate (education having been denied to many of them due to remenants of the Penal Laws) and with the accents, their names often underwent variations, so that may be another possibility in William's case

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