Subject: Re: Are these names made up?
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: February 18, 2007 at 1:06:50 PM
Reply to: Are these names made up? by The LP
Cleopha is undoubtedly a feminine version of the Biblical male name Cleophas.

Othmar (in modern times usually spelled Otmar) is a German name. According to Knaurs Vornamebuch, it goes back to Old High German words meaning "possessions" and "famous", and was in regular use in Germany because of an 8th-century A.D. abbot of St. Gallen.

I would think Jogli is probably a Swiss or southern German pet form of Jacob (Jakob), since Joggi is listed as a pet form of Jakob in the Knaurs book and I know that -li was a common ending for Swiss pet forms.

Sevela is probably a misprint or alteration of Severa, a female form of Severus which according to the Knaurs book was the name of a sainted abbess of a nunnery near Trier.

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