[DWJ] In which I satisfy the curious (I hope!)

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Thu Sep 21 16:51:18 EDT 2006

Gili Bar-Hillel wrote:
> Minnow wrote:
> (Actually, I went and looked in the books-of-names at this point, and apart
> from Attilla, which wasn't there, all the boys' names I found ending in "a"
> came from the Hebrew: Amasa, Asa, Elijah, Elisha, Ira, Joshua, Josiah,
> Zachariah and Zedekiah -- I'm counting "ah" as "a-really", but I don't
> think that's cheating *too* much.)
> I can think of several Russian men's names that end in "a", like Mischa,
> Illya, Kolya, Sascha...
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That's true, but they are mostly pet-forms (Mikhail, Aleksandr) - the -a 
or -ya is like our -y in Ricky, Donny.
I'm not sure what Kolya is formed from, but I'm pretty sure it's another 
one. Only Ilya seems to be a full name.


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