Ormond Posted November 10, 2021 Author Share Posted November 10, 2021 1 minute ago, HoodedCrow said: Ormond, I know about Mars, the Gospel of Mark, and Marcus. My good friend Mark told me about the forest angle. His family were British and that is what he tells. When can several things be true? I am also above average with phonological shifts:) Heavens, just because your friend is named Mark doesn't make him an expert on etymology! There are tens of thousands of examples of people who have given their own children a name under the mistaken impression that it had an etymological meaning that it didn't. A lot of baby name books will still tell people Michael meant "God-like" because they don't understand that its original Hebrew meaning. "Who is like God?", was a rhetorical question which meant to the ancient Hebrews that no one could ever be like God. I have known many people named Michael (or Micah) who believed their name meant "God-like". One can truthfully say that their parents named them Michael because they thought it meant "God-like", but it is not true to say that is the name's etymology. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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