Tag Archives: etymology

  • The United States of Etymology

    Posted on October 4, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    Photo Credit: citizenswaine Latin, Spanish, French, and a host of Native American languages – the names of the states paint a robust picture of our country’s roots. Here they are, in alphabetical order. Alabama: From the Choctaw language albah amo, meaning “plant-cutters.” Alaska: From the Aleut language alaxsxaq, meaning “mainland.” Arizona: From the Basque arizonak, meaning […]

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  • What’s in a Name? 10 Popular First Names and their Origins

    Posted on August 4, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    Behind some of the most popular names is a tapestry of religion, diaspora, combat, and integration.  Take an etymological tour of 10 of the most popular male and female given names in the English language. John: Derived as Juan, Jean, Hans, Ivan, Giovanni, as well as a host of other multicultural variations, this ubiquitous name is […]

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  • The Etymologies of 10 World Nations

    Posted on June 22, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    Do you know which country is named after the second-highest mountain in Africa? How about the nation renamed in the 20th century to better reflect the people living there? Read on to find out! Algeria: Derived from the country’s capital city of Algiers, this name comes from the Arabic al-Jazair, meaning “the islands.”  This refers to […]

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  • 10 Etymologies from the Animal Kingdom

    Posted on May 10, 2016 by Maria Khodorkovsky in Blog.

    How much do you know about the word origins of our furry, scaly, and winged friends? Read on to learn 10 etymologies from the animal kingdom. Camel: This beast of burden traces its linguistic heritage from the Latin camelus and Greek kamelos.  The word has resonances with the Arabic jamala, which means “to bear” or […]

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