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Asked in Christmas, Name Origins

What is the origin of the name Christmas?

The Greek letter 'X' is the first letter (chi) for the greek word for Christ, Xristos ( Χριστός). Xmas therefore means "Christ's Mass." The letter chi is written the same as the Roman letter X. So, as a form of shorthand, some people replace "Christ" with the first letter of his Greek name, X. The term Xmas, while sometimes controversial among Christians, has become a common short English abbreviation for Christmas. ...
Asked in Name Origins, Definitions

Manhandled is it considered a form of abuse?

Yes it is. Being Manhandled means a man putting his hands on a women and tossing or jerking her around ...
Asked in Militaria, Video Games, Name Origins, A Tale of Two Cities

Why do army officers peak caps have two golden threads?

Answer Peaked or visor caps usually have a loose-fitting strap that sits on top of the bill. This strap is attached at each side with a button. For officers, this strap can be a gold or silver "rope" and usually doubled. The visor cap evolved from earlier forms of military hats. All hats had a chin strap to help hold the hat firmly on the head. Officer's hats evolved to have a brass strap or over-lapping plates. Also, when not in use, the...
Asked in Christmas, Name Origins

What is Grinch Mean Time?

The moment on the Grinchs' clock that indicates it's time to steal Christmas, and time to get mean. The answer above is almost certainly the right one, but it is just possible that the questioner was asking about Greenwich mean time. Many who don't speak the Queen's English believe that Greenwich is pronounced "green witch." Almost all Brits say it 'grennitch', but a few (including Her Majesty), opt for "grinnitch." New Zealanders, who long ago abandoned "maj-speak", go for 'grinnertch'. The 'er' in this...
Asked in Name Origins, Names and Name Meanings

What is the meaning of the name Anisha?

Anisha signifies continuum and uninterrupted perpetual process that never stops, one which has an everlasting flame for eternity. Anisha is also one of the names of Goddess Laxmi, in Indian culture and mythology. Anisha is also an anagram of Ahinsa (i.e. non-violence). It may also mean "light" and "brightness" as in the opposite of night (i.e. "nisha" that signifies darkness). In that regards, the name Anisha carries the same meaning as another Indian name Usha. It is also believed that the name Anisha...
Asked in Sikhism, Name Origins, Caste System

What Sikh caste is the last name Kamyotra?

Sikhs do not believe in caste. Its just a Punjabi thing. Note: Sikhism is a Religion, Punjabi is a culture. ...
Asked in Name Origins, Sikhism, History of India

Is Bisla a jatt last name?

yes it is !! this caste belongs to jatt or jaat (as many live in haryana now) they were mainly from Punjab but as they have chosen to stay in native places.. they can be found in haryana , uttar pradesh & rajasthan as well.... their presence is also there in many foreign countries.... they have established their names in various parts of the world... ...
Asked in Name Origins, Surnames

Is Dennis an Irish surname?

The Dennis families of County Cork may have been Ó Donnghusa who anglicized their surname. The English surname Dennis is first found in the records of Lancashire, after the Norman Conquest that began in 1066 A.D. The French version of this surname is first found in Champagne, where they'd held family seat since the most ancient of days. See the Related Link listed below for more information: ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Name Origins

Where did the name Ludmilla come from?

Ludmilla, or more commonly, outside of English-speaking countries, Ludmila or Lyudmila, is a girl's name of Slavic origin (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, etc.). Lud means "people," while mila means "love, dear," making Ludmila mean "love of the people." Perhaps the most famous person named Ludmila is Saint Ludmila, a Bohemian princess of the 10th century. She is known as the patron saint of Bohemia, the Czech Republic, religious converts, widows, and duchesses. ...
Asked in Christmas, Name Origins, English to Swedish

Where does the name Christmas come from?

: Christmas comes from the words Christ and mass. "Christ" refers to Jesus Christ, the Christian messiah; and mass is a religious ceremony or celebration. ...
Asked in Name Origins, Names and Name Meanings

What is the meaning of the name Weaver?

Weaver isn't a real name.Weaver is a verb though.If your looking for that its a person that knits clothing. Weaver is a noun, it means a person who weaves. It is also a proper noun, usually a surname. ...
Asked in Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Name Origins

How did Chicago get its name?

The town of Chicago was founded in 1833 and named by the French Canadians in their pronounciation and spelling of an Algonquian word. It is either the Fox tribe's word for "place of wild onion" or the Ojibwa tribe's word for "skunk". Either way, it has been recorded that wild onion, chives and garlic grew in the area and the Chicago River was named for the plants and their fragrance. Then the city that was built on the river was called...
Asked in Home & Garden, Plants and Flowers, Name Origins

What is another name for a windflower?

Anemone is another name for windflower.
Asked in Name Origins

What does Blue Ivy mean?

Blue from Jay-Z's successful CD hits (The Blue Print One, The Blue Print Two, The Blue Print Three, The Blueprint four and five). Ivy actually stand for the Roman Numeral IV, which means four. Jay-z and Beyonce were both born on the fourth, and they got married on the fourth. And, Carter is Shawn's last name. Beyond that, it means absolutely nothing; backwards, forwards or inside out it is meaningless to anyone other that little Blue Ivy and her parents. ...
Asked in Word and Phrase Origins, Name Origins

Where did the word 'kitchen' come from?

The English word kitchen derives from the Old English cycene, from Western Germanic *kocina, a variation of the Latin coquina. The phrase "Everything but the kitchen sink" refers to intense bobardment, WWII. ...
Asked in Quran (Koran), Name Origins, Baby Names, Sanskrit

What is meaning of Ayaan?

Name: Ayaan Meaning: Gift of God Gender: Male Origin: Arabic Ayaan word is mentioned in Surah al naml(ants) verse number 65 in the holy Quran it means the day of judgment , also the Arabic meaning is gift of god its also a sanskrit word meaning speed. Günther Schlee seems to translate ayaan as "day." (Chapter: "Loanwords in Oromo and Rendille as a mirror of past inter-ethnic relations." Book: African Languages, Development and the State. Page 201. 1994.) Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi says, "Ayaan means good luck and destiny, someone...
Asked in Name Origins, Hemispheres

In which hemispheres is Asia located?

Asia is in the northern and eastern hmispheres.
Asked in Name Origins

What is the origin of the name 'Kamisha'?

From the Sanskrit meaning "lord or master of desire"; "the Conqueror of love". A name of Lord Shiva. Alternate spelling is Kamesha. ...
Asked in Word and Phrase Origins, Name Origins

What is the origin of the word calendar?

The word "calendar" is from Old French and Latin. The ending "-ar" is from 17th century English, to distinguish it from "calender," meaning "cloth-presser." Please see the related link below. ...
Asked in Name Origins

Where did the name Yossarian originate from?

Yossarian is an Armenian surname, a patronymic of uncertain origin. Other Armenian surnames, (answered from Grigorian - Armenian: patronymic from the Armenian personal name Grigor (see Gregory). Hovespian - Armenian: patronymic from the personal name Hovsep, classical Armenian Yovsep (see Joseph). ...
Asked in Name Origins, Ethnicity

What ethnicity is the last name Fodor?

It's an Hungarian surname, very common, just like a Jones or a Smith. It originates from the country Hungary, which of course has it's own unique language. ...
Asked in Name Origins, Names and Name Meanings, Stephenie Meyer

What does last name Escamilla mean?

Escamilla is a Spanish surname. It is derived from the town with the same name - 'Escamilla'. It's located in the Gualadajara province of Spain. ...
Asked in Baby Names, Name Origins, Nicknames

What are some good nicknames for a girl named Catherine and a girl named Leyia?

For Catherine you can say: Cath, Cathy, Cat or Cait For Leyia, you could say: Ley or Lia Hope I helped :) ...