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Subject: Re: Some European names
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: October 5, 2005 at 12:10:39 PM
Reply to: Some European names by Caprice
Libia is simply the Spanish version of Libya, the North African place name.

According to La Cote des prénoms en 2004 by Besnard & Desplanques, Maëlis, which is also spelled Maëliss, Maëlys, and Maëlyss, is a fusion of the Breton name Maëlle with Maylis. Maylis was itself orignally a telescoped form of Marie and lys, the French word for "lily." Maëlle is the feminine form of Maël, a Breton name from a Celtic word meaning "prince."

Passmore is an English surname from Old French words meaning either "across the moor" or "across the sea".

Riaan is a short form of Adriaan, the Dutch form of Adrian.

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