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Subject: Re: Origin of Elna?
Author: Anneza   (guest,
Date: February 2, 2004 at 12:02:50 AM
Reply to: Origin of Elna? by joellie
Afrikaans-speaking South Africans have a long tradition of using family names; since this can lead to several cousins identically named, they've developed some quite creative merger names. Elna can be one, from the popular combination of El-izabeth and Hele-na.

The meaning, other than: "Not identical with her cousins but still remembering Granny", would be Elizabeth + Helena.

It's also a brand of sewing machine.

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