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Subject: Re: Last Name
Author: Satu   (guest)
Date: October 19, 2003 at 12:53:01 PM
Reply to: Last Name by Santa

Cravatt sounds like the French word "cravate", which means "(neck-)tie, cravat". The origin of the word is German. The former German word for a Croat was "Krawat". The Croats used to wear these typical ties, and so their ties got the name "Krawat" as well. The French took over the expression for the ties and so did some other languages, eg.:

Krawatte (German)
cravate (French)
kravatt (Swedish)
cravat (English)
gravata (Portuguese)
cravatta (Italian)

Regards, Satu

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