|Subject:||Re: What do these names mean: Eske Svea|
|Author:||Andy (guest, 126.96.36.199)|
|Date:||September 8, 2004 at 4:10:20 AM|
|Reply to:||What do these names mean: Eske Svea by Jens Uwe Meyer|
Eske: Das große Vornamenlexikon (Duden) says: Fresian pet form, probably of names formed with Old Fresian "es", meaning "Ase (God)".
Svea is as Swedish as can be: The Svear people were one of the Germanic tribes in the early history of Sweden. "Sverige", the Swedish name of the country, means "Svear-rike" (realm of the Svear). The Roman writer Tacitus reports about the Svear in his book "Germania".
A Swedish professor of linguistics from the University of Uppsala told me: Svea probably means something like "of the own people, ourselves" (similar to the original meaning of "deutsch", German).
There is a poem by Esaias Tegnér called "Svea" (1811), calling upon Svea to help against the Russians, who had (once more) invaded the country. This time she couldn't help.
Hope this helps
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