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Subject: Dominic, history of the name?
Author: Andy   (guest, 84.128.192.212)
Date: September 15, 2004 at 5:16:22 PM
As the data base says, Dominic means “(property) of the Lord”, but also “born on a Sunday”, as Sunday is considered the day “belonging to the Lord”. Now my question has three parts:
a) When did the name Domikus first turn up? (I suppose originally it was a Christian name in the very sense, indicating: This child is the Lord’s property, so hands off, all you dark powers …)
b) When did the Christians start giving this name to a child born on a Sunday? What would be the sources to tell us?
c) What was the Latin term for “Sunday”? – “dies domenikus”? “dies dominicus”? “domenica”? When was “Day of the Lord” first used as a term for “Sunday”? Because in the New Testament (like in the Hebrew bible), as far as I can see, “Day of the Lord” has a different meaning: the day, when Christ will return, judgement day.

Andy ;—)

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