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Subject: Re: ZERIRAH
Author: Nanaea   (Authenticated as Nanaea)
Date: April 4, 2002 at 5:15:52 AM
Reply to: ZERIRAH by Merrie
Apparently, your Zerirah Hubbard wasn't the only woman to have borne that first name, although darned if I can figure out its derivation.

I'd take a guess that it may have been a misheard biblical name which got passed on to a child, as I also found another early American Zerirah married to a Resolved (which is a Puritan name).

Some possibilities (although feminine-sounding, these are all actually the names of males from the bible):

Seraiah - "prince of the Lord"
Zerah - "east, brightness"
Zerahiah - "the lord is rising; brightness of the lord"

-- Nanaea

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