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Subject: brendan and katherine
Author: Merrimont   (guest,
Date: October 22, 2003 at 5:03:54 AM
Reply to: Questions about the meanings of Katherine and Brendan by Miranda
The 'smelly hair' error is a fairly modern error - people working on Irish names in the early 20th century were trying to find Irish roots for all Irish names. As Brendan is a borrowing of Welsh brenin (king), this approach was doomed to failure, and led them to the wrong conclusions.

The Romans probably quite intentionally reinterpreted Katerina for a more 'holy' meaning - see also Veronica.

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