Comments for the name Sharifa

Comments for SHARIFA:

There's a 15th century Spanish ballad called "The Bridal of Andalla" about a Moorish woman called Xarifa (or, in some versions, Jarifa). I believe Xarifa is an Old Spanish-ised form of Sharifa, as "x" was pronounced like "sh" in Old Spanish. I prefer the medieval spelling Xarifa to the more phonetic Sharifa.
-- Ailis  1/1/2010

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