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What's in a Name?
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What's in a Name?

"What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
—William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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One of the nine display cases,
4th floor Kathryn A. Martin Library

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Words from names (Aaron, Abigail, Abraham...)

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Name's Origins (Adam and Alexander shown here)

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In the past, many people, many famlilies, elected to give their children the names familiar to them from their reading of the Bible.  The Bible names selected were frequently chosen to link the qualitites of people from the Bible accounts with the person being named.

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Ruth comes from the bible

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Several bibles from the Ramseyer-Northern
Bible Society Collection

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Sarah is a biblical name

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In the past, many people, many famlilies, elected to give their children the names familiar to them from their reading of the Bible.  The Bible names selected were frequently chosen to link the qualitites of people from the Bible accounts with the person being named. Joshua is shown here.

 

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Are biblical names losing popularity?

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Changes in the top 10 lists: www.behindthename.com

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Daniel, a steadily popular biblical name

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Ira, Isaac, Isiaiah

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Obadiah and Jonah

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In the past, many people, many famlilies, elected to give their children the names familiar to them from their reading of the Bible.  The Bible names selected were frequently chosen to link the qualitites of people from the Bible accounts with the person being named.

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Zephaniah

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Micah

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Israel, Jacob, Jada

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Jahzeel, James, Jared

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"Words do not change their meanings so
drastically in the course of centuries as, in our
minds, names do in the course of a year or two.
—Marcel Proust

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There is an "American Name Society"

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