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Subject: Re: Names in geneology
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: April 3, 2006 at 9:16:25 AM
Reply to: Names in geneology by The LP
I have seen Hazel used as a male name in the 19th century USA before. This could have come about in two different ways:

1. It could be a transfer to given name status of the surname Hazel. In the early 19th century it was common for parents to give a son almost any surname of a relative, friend, or famous person that they admired as his first name.

2. I think it may also in some cases come from confusing the Old Testament male name Hazael (Hebrew "God sees" according to Who's Who in the Old Testament) with Hazel. Hazael in the Bible was a general of Aram (present day southern Syria) who visits the prophet Elisha and is told he will become king of Aram. Hazael turns this into a self-fulfilling prophecy by going home, killing the present king, and usurping the throne. Hazael is not presented positively in the Old Testament, but occasionally even Old Testament characters with an even worse press such as Jezebel and Ahab got real kids named after them in the 18th and 19th centuries.

This message was edited by the author on April 3, 2006 at 9:17:35 AM

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