Re: NICANOR #general

Michele Krakowski <michele.krakowski@...>

I would just add an etymological explanation : in ancient Greek,
"nikao" means " to win",and "aner/ andros" means " man, male" So it could
be translated as : victorious man or man who causes victory.
Michele Krakowski

le 22/03/01 4:23, Robert Israel a crit:

One of the first Nicanors that I could find mention of was Aristotle's
adopted son and an associate of Alexander the Great. The name seems to
have become popular among the Seleucids, and the first mention I could
find connected with the Jews was the Seleucid general Nicanor, sent by
Demetrius I to fight the Maccabees shortly after the events celebrated
in Chanukah.

I Maccabees 7:26: Then the king sent Nicanor, one of his honourable
princes, a man that bare deadly hate unto Israel, with commandment to
destroy the people.

Judah HaMaccabee's victory over this Nicanor used to be celebrated in
Israel as "Nicanor Day" on the 13th of Adar.

Nowadays I think the main use of Nicanor as a first name is among
non-Jewish Spanish-speaking people, e.g the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra.
They take the name >from Saint Nicanor of Cyprus, I think.

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