CHAT: Steven etc. (was: new Klingon spelling)
|From:||Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 7, 2004, 18:49|
On Wednesday, January 7, 2004, at 06:43 AM, Steg Belsky wrote:
> On Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at 11:45 PM, Dirk Elzinga wrote:[snip]
>> I'm aware of the etymology of my name and am rather proud of it, too.
>> All of my other siblings have Hebrew or Romance names (Pieter, Steven,
>> Yolanda, Monique); I'm the only one with a genuine Germanic given name
> I thought Steven/Stephen/Stefan/Steaphan/etc. are Greek. 'stephanos'
> meaning "crown" or something like that.
Don't forget Welsh 'Steffan' :-)
Yep - spot on. 'Tis from Greek _stéphanos_ (all short vowels) and means
'crown', 'wreath' or 'garland' <-- stéphein = 'to encircle', 'to wreath',
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