Fwd: Pet names

Gerald Cohen gcohen at UMR.EDU
Sat Apr 20 18:35:50 UTC 2002

  Here's another interesting message from the American Name Society
(below my signoff). BTW, I don't have the pertinent reference books
handy, but I thought that the full form of "Sam" ("Samuel", Hebrew:"
Shmuel") derives from the Hebrew imperative plural of the root "SHM"
(= hear, listen) and "el" (= God). I don't know the full etymology of
"Samantha." And how many people would know that "Sam" and its
variants ultimately refer to hearing/listening?

Gerald Cohen

>Date:         Sat, 20 Apr 2002 12:03:25 -0500
>Reply-To: American Name Society <ANS-L at LISTSERV.BINGHAMTON.EDU>
>Sender: American Name Society <ANS-L at LISTSERV.BINGHAMTON.EDU>
>From: "Lynn C. Hattendorf Westney" <lynnhatt at UIC.EDU>
>Subject:      Pet Names
>The most popular dog name in North America is Sam, Sammie or Samantha
>(which means "listener"). The second most popular is Max, Maxie, Maxwell
>or Maxine (which means "the greatest" in Latin). Third is Lady, followed
>by Bear, Maggie, Buddy, Tasha, Chelsea (or Chelsie), Holly and Shasta.
>Other very popular names are Brandy, Ginger and Taffy.
>Lynn C. Hattendorf Westney, Associate Professor,
>Assistant Reference Librarian
>Coordinator of Reference Collection Development
>Coordinator of CRRC: Career and Resume Resources Collection
>The University of Illinois at Chicago  (UIC)
>The Richard J. Daley Library (MC/234) Box 8198, Chicago, IL 60680-8198 USA
>Lynn's Office: 312-996-9110
>Reference Department: 312-996-2728
>FAX: 312-413-0424

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