Ask-A-Linguist Message Details
|Subject:||The meaning of a suffix in a name|
Someone asked me a question that I could not answer. We know that names ending in el concerning Angels, mean ''in God'' or ''of God'', which we take to mean that Angels come from God. Someone gave me the names of Obbieuth and Garnabieuth from an article that they gave me, questioning that these Angel names come not from God, but rather from the Fallen Angels. Since I do not know what the suffix ieuth means, I cannot answer the question, and was hoping that someone with the understanding of the meaning of different languages might be able to solve the riddle with the regard to the meaning of the suffix in the name, so that I might be able to answer the person's question as to what type of Angel the name implies. Thank you so much for your help!
It isn't so much that angels have names ending in -el because "angels come from God": it is more that the angels named in the Hebrew Old Testament have names that are meaningful in Hebrew, and Hebrew names often did include the word God. For instance, "Raphael" means "God heals". Lots of Old Testament non-angel individuals had -el names also, of course, e.g. Daniel means "God is judge".
When it comes to your "Obbieuth and Garnabieuth", though, I'm lost. I have not heard of these names, and they don't even look very Hebrew-sounding to me; without seeing how they would be written in Hebrew script I can't venture a guess about what they might mean. I tried Googling them and found a web page which claimed that they occur in the apocryphal Book of Tobit. However, I have an edition of the Bible which includes the Apocrypha, and flicking quickly through Tobit I didn't spot these names. I suspect that we are getting away from the realm of serious scholarship here and into some kind of invented Biblical science-fiction or the like!
|Reply From:||Geoffrey Richard Sampson click here to access email|