The name "Bunem"and its origins #general


MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 8/3/2005 1:29:40 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
tulse04-news@... writes:

< I found >from Rabbi Bernard Susser's website about Devon and
Cornwall that Bunem is >from Medieval (or some such) French "bonhomme".>

==It is now generally agreed, on the recent accumulation of evidence, that
the name is derived >from French (Bon nom) or Spanish translations of the
common Hebrew name ShemTov (good name or good reputation). Beider agrees with this
view.

==There is no common Hebrew equivalent of bonhomme/Good Man. There are two
more "youthful" forms, BenTov (good boy/son) and ElemTov (good youth) [or
TovElem] in Hebrew, Belinfante in Spanish, Bonfils in French.

==Because of the auditory similarity, the names Bunem and Binyamin are often
intertwined among Ashkenazi males. There is no other connection between
these two.

Michael Bernet, New York,

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