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Subject: Re: Leander = leos (lion) or laos (people) ?
Author: minikui   (Authenticated as minikui)
Date: November 22, 2008 at 3:53:03 PM
Reply to: Re: Leander = leos (lion) or laos (people) ? by Marija Luminitsa
thanks for the reply. :)

the claim can be found on the german wikipedia (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leander_(Vorname) )

it says that the name is made up of λεώς (leōs) - which is attic greek for laos (people). as well as the word stem (ανδρ·) - not the genetiv - of the word ἀνήρ (anēr), which means "man". Supposedly that makes sense, because greek word compounds always use the word stem? which might be true for normal words, but is it true for first names?

the same author has claimed that the meaning "lion man" would be Λεόντανδρος ?

I feel the explanation with attic greek is a bit far fetched, but it's also true that not always the most obvious or logical meaning is the correct one. And I don't know enough about greek oO;

This message was edited by the author on November 22, 2008 at 3:56:09 PM

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