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Subject: Re: [Q-R] Names
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2005 16:09:46 EST
In a message dated 2/3/2005 3:20:15 PM Eastern Standard Time,
Hi Again List,
I've checked a couple of places and could not find the translations of a
couple of names. If anyone has a minute and could help I'd sure appreciate
Pam In Texas
Howdy again, Pam.
For the most part, the given names of men and women in colonial Quebec were
Hormisdas remains Hormisdas in English. Saint Hormisdas was Pope early in
the Sixth Century.
Solyme is the French form of Solymus, which is an abbreviation of
Hierosolymus, the Latin name for Jerusalem.
Hermenie is a feminine form of Herman. Saint Herman Joseph was a monk in
the late 12th and early 13th century. I knew a contemporary of my Mémère whose
name was Armenia.
Alphonse is the French form of Alphonsus. The best known Saint named
Alphonsus today is Alphonsus Ligouri, who lived from 1696 to 1787. It is not
likely that early settlers in Quebec would have been named for this Saint
Alphonsus, who was their contemporary. It is more likely that early settlers named
Alphonse had as their patron saint San Alfonso de Burgos, a Spanish Dominican
who was a contemporary of Columbus, Ferdinand and Isabella.
Fr Owen Taggart