Pronounced Pron. kah-LO-nee-mos (Jewish)
Other Forms FormsKlonimos (Jewish contracted form)
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 12/12/2007
Means "beautiful name", derived from the Greek adjective καλός (kalos) meaning "beautiful, lovely, fair" combined with the Greek noun ὄνυμα (onyma) meaning "name".This given name was eventually adopted by Greek Jews, for whom it was a direct translation of the Hebrew name Shem-Tov. It is now best known as a (patronymic) surname in the Jewish community, with the most prominent bearers being members of the Italian branch of the Kalonymos family.A known bearer of this given name was the Byzantine naval commander Kalonymos of Alexandria (6th century AD), who is better known under the latinized form of his name, namely Calonymus.