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:-) What if a proper name has a meaning?

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:-) What if a proper name has a meaning?

Postby mije Wi » Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:15 pm

I wished to translate a proper name which has a meaning in its own language. Qoelet (latin Ecclesiastes) = man in charge of the assembly. jan Kole doesn't expain the meaning. jan Jankulupu repeats ja, but seems better. jan Kulupu doesn't make clear which the meaning of the name is. jan Jan-Kulupu or jan Jan Kulupu don't seem very orthodox. So is jan Jankulupu ok? (please tell me yes!)
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Re: :-) What if a proper name has a meaning?

Postby janKipo » Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:52 pm

Maybe 'jan Lawakulupu' "the man named 'Assembly Leader'" (more or less, which is pretty good for tp). Several people with meaningful names, whose names still have that meaning for them (most names are meaningful, if you look them up, but people don't know what they mean anymore) have at least tried the translation names: jan Sowelilili's English name is "Agneau," which is French for lamb and the tp word she uses is a likely one for "lamb" (given context, etc.). jan Loewe (and he is sticking to it) at least thought of 'Soweliwawa,' under the usual circumstances, is a good word for "lion," what "Loewe" means in German.
As often pointed out around here, names are rather free form; you pick one you like that can somehow be related to your own name, or at least to you.


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