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    Smile English Names & Their Origins

    Hi! I am wondering whether parents would choose an English name with Hebrew orgin for their if the babe doesn't has Jew's blood.

    For examples, Gabrielle orginates from Hebrew; Flora from Greece.

    By the way, I think Flora is not a very well-known English name among native English speaking countries, such as the US, isn't it?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: English Names & Their Origins

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! I am wondering whether parents would choose an English name with Hebrew orgin for their if the babe doesn't has Jew's blood.

    For examples, Gabrielle orginates from Hebrew; Flora from Greece.

    By the way, I think Flora is not a very well-known English name among native English speaking countries, such as the US, isn't it?

    Thanks in advance!
    I doubt whether non-Jews would pick a specifically Jewish name like Moses. But many names of "Jewish" origin are common, and used by anyone - Isaac, Rebecca, etc.


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    Re: English Names & Their Origins

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Flora from Greece.
    Flora comes from the Latin and means flower.

    It was a popular name at the end of the 19th century and the start of the last century, but has fallen out of fashion. It may well come back.

    Names come in and out of fashion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I doubt whether non-Jews would pick a specifically Jewish name like Moses. But many names of "Jewish" origin are common, and used by anyone - Isaac, Rebecca, etc.
    Thanks a lot, Raymott.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Flora comes from the Latin and means flower.

    It was a popular name at the end of the 19th century and the start of the last century, but has fallen out of fashion. It may well come back.

    Names come in and out of fashion.
    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you very much for your answers. I had thought Flora is derived from Greece, which a Chinese book about English names suggests.

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    Re: English Names & Their Origins

    If you don't mind a side comment, you used the phrase "if the babe doesn't has Jew's blood"

    Aside from the grammar (doesn't have, not doesn't has), better phrasing would be "if the baby doesn't have Jewish ancestry."

    "Jew" as an adjective is offensive, and "a Jew's blood" is just not very polite-sounding phrasing.

    (Also as a side note, my older daughter has a very "Herbrew" sounding name (Rebecca Judith) while my younger one has a Greek name. In the US, we pick names we think sound pretty, without a lot of worry about their origins.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If you don't mind a side comment, you used the phrase "if the babe doesn't has Jew's blood"

    Aside from the grammar (doesn't have, not doesn't has), better phrasing would be "if the baby doesn't have Jewish ancestry."

    "Jew" as an adjective is offensive, and "a Jew's blood" is just not very polite-sounding phrasing.

    (Also as a side note, my older daughter has a very "Herbrew" sounding name (Rebecca Judith) while my younger one has a Greek name. In the US, we pick names we think sound pretty, without a lot of worry about their origins.)
    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you very much for your corrections and comments. You're very helpful. Please feel free to point out my mistakes, especially some offensive words, that I make, so that I won't offend some people unwittingly, and then have to say sorry to them in the future.

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