I often see people claiming Elizabeth
is Hebrew, or Ciel
is French. They are not, in fact. Let's see why.
- I think this little test is valid for any language though. -
Let's take the names: Elizabeth
1) Does the name mean something in Hebrew?Elizabeth
2) If it does, is it a name, or a word, or a title....?Avraham
is a title, Selah
is a word.
-> Only Avraham
are Hebrew names. The others are either Hebrew *words*, or *derived from Hebrew names*.Ciel
, for example, means something in French. But it is a word. So it would pass 1) but not 2).
You could also just ask yourself: Is or was this name used by Hebrew/French speaking people?
Prononcing Hebrew names: http://www.behindthename.com/bb/arcview.php?id=178459&board=gen
Prononcing French names: http://www.behindthename.com/bb/arcview.php?id=199378&board=gen
~~ Claire ~~