means "G-d is an oath, a promise". For us Jews the most famous person was probably Elisheva
the wife of Aharon
, the daughter of Aminadav the prince of Judah
wasn't the name of John
's mother, it was Elisheva
since she wasn't English but Hebrew. John
either of course, but Yochanan
Hebrew is the holy/intellectual language, and Aramaic the every day/popular one. Most names are Hebrew. Jesus
was Yeshua, Aramaic diminutive for the Hebrew name Yehoshua.
Surnames are more difficult, because many French surnames aren't from French origin.
Godet means "little glass".
Magnol could be a diminutive form of Magnus
, or Magnolia
Gondree could be of the same origin as Gontran, made of gund (war) & harlan (crow), but it's Frankish, not French, so I can't really help.
Benou could come from bien (good)?
I don't know about Ran
This could interest you: http://www.behindthename.com/bb/arcview.php?id=155226&board=gen
~~ Claire ~~