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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

OUR PENCHANT FOR UNUSUAL GIVEN NAMES
In Response To: Re: UNUSUAL GIVEN NAMES ()

My mother's mother was named Armaka. She was born in 1910 and named for someone (Atlanta). Nigerians have told me "Armeka" or Ameka is a diminutive of Igbo girls' names such as Ennemeka.
Armaka can also mean pretty in some West African tongues. Her sisters were named Jimmie and Etoy.

Last year I found a Lazarus, a Hart, a Panthea a Rasberry, and a Ransom in my Littleton, N.C. branch.

My mother knew a Persian scupltor named Bijan before I was born. Iranians tell me the tale of "Bijan and Manijeh" is from a Persian collection of folk tales written by an 11th century poet named Ferdousi for his work "Shanameh" (The Epic of Kings). Bijan and Manijah is a tale of forbidden love (pre-Romeo).

One Iranian e-mailed me that the origin of "Bijan" is the root word "Bije", which means outstanding. My brother;s name was 'Javan' (see Old Testament begats, only his was pronounced w/o the long "a"). Brings to mind a person from the isle of Java.

My wife has a male named "Pugg" in her great-great grandfather's line in Kentucky.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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