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Subject: Re: [PHILLY-ROOTS-L] AMERICANIZATION OF NAMES
Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 00:14:33 EDT
According to the index of Christian names in Strassburger & Hinke's
"PA German Pioneers," Jacob and Joachim are separate German names, both of
Jacob--variations are Jakob, Jacop; Latin Jacobus, also probably
Jacho. Hebrew name meaning the heelcatcher, from aqeb (the heel).
Joachim--variations are Jochim and Jochem; English clerks may have
spelled it Joackim. Hebrew name, same as Jehoiachim (Jehovah has raised up).
Though these two names are unrelated, it is entirely possible that
Joachim would become Jacob in America. I don't believe that there were many
Joachims in America, but there were tons of Jacobs, so officials were used to
writing that name.
In a message dated 5/26/1999 7:54:37 PM, writes:
<< Would the name Jacob be an Americanization of the German name Joachim? I
sure hope so!!
Phoenix AZ >>