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Subject: Re: names
Author: Anneza   (guest, 163.200.81.4)
Date: October 30, 2003 at 10:58:51 PM
Reply to: names by cnwong
Can't help you with Yemen, I'm afraid - perhaps you could try their local Embassy or consulate.

A yeoman was a prosperous peasant farmer in medieval England, and the word is also used for the soldiers in those wonderful red and gold uniforms who guard the Tower of London - they are informally called Beefeaters, but their real job title is Yeomen of the Guard (and there's a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta with the same name).

Yeoman seems to have meant "young man" once, but that meaning soon got lost; however, the good qualities of a young man - his physical strength and energy - live on in the modern meanings.

I've never heard it as a given name, but why not?

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