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Subject: There's no etymological connection - that's what I mean by name book error...
Author: Merriment   (guest, 193.61.213.131)
Date: August 7, 2003 at 3:53:32 AM
Reply to: Yes, there is! by Satu
Nor do I know anyone in the UK who uses Jacques for Jack or vice-versa. Perhaps they do in Northern mainland Europe?

The connection between Jack and John is still well known in the UK (although it is not as well understood in the States).

Some books claim that Alice means 'truth' - it doesn't. Just because books claim it and people repeat it, doesn't mean there's a connection. It means there is an error.

I would differentiate here; perhaps you would not. Certainly, producing a PhD. has sharpened my perspective on this :)

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