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Subject: Questions about the meanings of Katherine and Brendan
Author: Miranda   (Authenticated as Randee15)
Date: October 21, 2003 at 11:21:22 PM
First off, I asked this question about Brendan's meaning before. It's just that I've forgotten it, so may I please ask again?

1. How did many baby name books derive Brendan from a root meaning "smelly hair"? Why didn't they know Brendan meant "prince"?

2. How could the Romans "falsely derive" Katherine from the root "katharos"? If they just thought, "Why not make a name out of katharos?" hence Katherine, how could that be a false derivation?

Thank you for your time. I hope the second question made sense. :-)

Miranda

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