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

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Thu Sep 21 17:14:04 EDT 2006


Colin Fine wrote:
> Minnow wrote:
>> This has to be Western theory, or at least not-Japanese, because don't
>> female Japanese names tend to end with an "o" sound?
>>
>>   
> They often end with the syllable '-ko' (which in isolation means 
> 'child').
>> Attilla.  I have never heard it used in England and it isn't in any 
>> of the
>> "name your baby" books I have around the place, but it does exist.
>> (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.)
>>
>>   
> Attilla is neither Indo-European nor Semitic. In Indian culture 
> (certainly north, and I think south as well), names in -a are usually 
> male. Female names are often in -i.
>
> Colin
>
Reading this, I see it might be taken to imply that Attilla is Indian. 
It isn't, it's Turkic. That full stop in the middle of the line above is 
pronounced 'non sequitur'.

Colin




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