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Re: R: Re: R: Re: Relay time! Beethoven's Ninth

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Saturday, August 12, 2000, 15:46
> Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2000 08:33:51 -0700 > From: Sylvia Sotomayor <sylvia1@...>
> > And actually, the Linux guy is Linus Torvalds. I'm more interested in > > knowing where that last name came from --- it reminds me of the > > Latvian practice of tacking -s on all foreign male names that don't > > fit into any common masculine noun class. (And -e for the girls). For > > instance the Danish author Hans Christians Andersens. > > My grandmother's friend in Berlin was Frau Thorvald. It seems German to me, > though I suppose it could be Norse.
The T(h)orvald part is not a mystery --- that's a common North Germanic name ('might of Thor'), and can easily have been borrowed into any of the Baltic cultures. Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)