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Re: Personal Conjugation based on Closeness

From:BP Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 1, 2003, 11:52
At 17:54 28.3.2003 -0500, John Cowan wrote:

>It's common (almost obligatory) for Jewish boys to be named, at least in >their Hebrew names, after their dead relatives, frequently their grandfathers >(my friend Joe Zitt is Yosef ben Hirsh ben Yosef ben Hirsh ben Yosef etc. >as far back as anyone can go).
That happened among Xian Swedes as well. Up to my great grandfather all his forefathers were Anders Jonsson Andersson Jonsson Andersson etc. at least for 200 years. When Jonsson was decreed by law to become a surname rather than a patronymic my great grandfather was named Johannes Jonsson instead of Jon Andersson. FWIW my son is the fourth generation to have Philip as one of his names. / B.Philip Jonsson B^) -- (delete X!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ No man forgets his original trade: the rights of nations and of kings sink into questions of grammar, if grammarians discuss them. -Dr. Samuel Johnson (1707 - 1784)