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|Subject:||The meaning of a suffix in a name|
|Question:||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! Rose Mary|
|Reply:||Just to add to what my colleagues have said... When they invent names for fantasy characters, knowledgeable writers often draw on real languages and create plausible etymologies: you can see this in The Lord of the Rings or the Harry Potter stories. Another technique for inventing names is to draw on stereotypes of 'exotic' languages in order to make names look foreign. A similar technique is used when devotees speak 'in tongues' in some kinds of Christianity (this is usually unconscious, while the person is under the influence of religious emotion). The inventor of these names (not a god!) seems to hae tried to make the names look a bit Hebrew or a bit Celtic, but hasn't got the skills to do this accurately. If you can identify the source, you should be able to find out more about what the imventor of the names had in mind. Anthea|
|Reply From:||Anthea Fraser Gupta click here to access email|