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Subject: Shana, I'm surprised at you . . .
Author: Chrisell   (Authenticated as Chrisell)
Date: October 10, 2004 at 6:40:58 PM
Reply to: you could have been a little nicer about it. I wanted MY name's meaning, NOT some other name's meaning. And the name Shana IS a name itself too, maybe I should find a website that's actually helpful. by pisces_gurl
I would have thought you'd been here long enough now to know that etymology doesn't always work that way.

Shana is ultimately derived from John, so it has the same meaning. It is an Irish Gaelic and/or Welsh version of it, to be sure, but it's still ultimately the same name. It's not our fault, so don't attack us for it. If you don't like the truth that's not our problem.

If you've seen it listed somewhere as having a different etymology, we'd be interested to know about it, naturally, but you need to provide that information for us. It is possible that it did originally have another meaning in a Celtic language, due to cultural transfer at the contact point of Celtic and Christian culture. In such situations the conquered Celts were often given Hebrew/Greek/Latin-based names by their Christian conquerers, and often names were chosen which had either a similar sound or a similar meaning. Hence, girls named Eileen were called Helen, or girls named Gladys were called Claudia etc. However, if Sian / Sine / Sean / Seon etc were originally a Celtic name set which was "adopted" as a version of the Jane / John name set, the original meaning is probably lost to us at this point.

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