What Is Your Name?; A Popular Account of the Meanings and Derivations of Christian Names

What Is Your Name?; A Popular Account of the Meanings and Derivations of Christian Names

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...from the Latin Claudius, signifying lame. With greater plausibility the blind seek assistance from the martyred saints of the fourth century--St. Clair, derived from the Latin, signifying clear, bright; and St. Lucia, also from the Latin, signifying light. From this signification is said to have also arisen the legend of St. Lucia's having being deprived of her eyes, of which we find no mention in the early history of the Christian Church. Stanley's Eastern Church. The story grew out of the pictured representations of this fair girl, a native of Syracuse--one of the many martyrs in Diocletian's reign. Old painters, delighting in symbols and devices, introduced into their pictures of St. Lucia an eye, or eyes, as significant of her name. As time went on, a story grew, till the imaginary legend was coarsely rendered by the saint's carrying her eyes on a plate, while her other hand displayed the awl with which they were supposed to have been bored out. A nobler, truer reading of her name was Dante's Santa Lucia, as the type of celestial light or wisdom: as such she is beautifully represented bearing a shining lamp. Some of these superstitions connected with the names of saints have neither a foundation of truth nor poetical imagery to plead for them. It is supposed in France to be unlucky for grain to be sown on St. Leger's day (October 2)--the martyred Bishop's name, signifying light, wanting in weight, is thought to affect the growth of the plant and make it light in the ear. The shoemaker's choice of a patron is said by some to have simply arisen from his name Crispin, derived from the Latin crepis (borrowed from the Greek), signifying a slipper. But it would seem certain that the brothers Crispin and Crispianus, who were bom at Rome, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236540697
  • 9781236540690