|Subject:||Re: Loeb, Leib...|
|Author:||Andy (guest, 188.8.131.52)|
|Date:||August 9, 2004 at 10:58:32 AM|
|Reply to:||Loeb, Leib... by Claire|
You are right: Leib, Loeb and Loew (often with O Umlaut) are Yiddish forms of ARI ("lion"). It may well be that the Greek word "leon" was imported from the east and can be found in the Hebrew word "levi" ("lion"; spelt with the letter Beta) and "lavi" ("lioness").
The name LEVI is spelt with a Wav (Vav?), as far as I know it was traditionally given to descendants of the Levites (I'm not sure about this).
Another German name may have influenced those names you mention: Lieb ("dear")like in names as Liebwin/Levin.
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