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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. ...
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 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 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 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
Where did the name Yossarian originate from?
Yossarian is an Armenian surname, a patronymic of uncertain origin. Other Armenian surnames, (answered from ancestry.com) 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 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 :) ...