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What does the name Deyon means?


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February 02, 2009 6:02PM

As a first name, Deyon may be a variation of Dion. The oldest known source for the name may be Dionysos aka Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. There's no definite agreement as to what the god's name meant. But the di- part is Greek for two, the dio- for apart or through. It has been suggested that the name comes from the genitive form Dios, in reference to the god Zeus. But the genitive forms of deus are dei in the singular, deorum in the plural. And these are the forms in the later Latin, a language in which Dionysos came to be ka Bacchus, and Zeus to be ka Jupiter. To complicate things a bit further, the Greek word for god was theos. And respected modern Albanian writer Ismail Kadare has suggested that the ancient Greeks stole their gods from the ancient Albanians. If so, that tallies with scholarly thinking that Dionysos was a god of foreign origin whose name couldn't be associated with one, clear-cut meaning. As a last name, Deyon may be an Anglicization of the Dutch or Flemish family name De Jong. French-speakers are among the families who have lived, for generations and generations, in both Belgium and the Netherlands. The adjective "jong" is Dutch, and Flemish, for young. The article "de" is French for of, or from.