Re: The common name for Nesanajl #general


Robert Israel <israel@...>
 

In article <uViCr8LlbtmJ-pn2-DnC6I6p7m47h@poblano>,
Stan Goodman <SPAM_FOILER@hashkedim.com> wrote:

On Tue, 12 Dec 2006 13:48:40 UTC, cpleinkram@hotmail.com (Charles and Perla
Leinkram) opined:

My husband's grandfather's first name was Nesanajl. Is that the same as
Nathan or Nathaniel?
Thanking you in anticipation.
Perla Leinkram
You are very perceptive, to have seen through the Yiddish/Polish rendering
of the Hebrew name Netaniel. (Hebrew lacks a TH sound), and the usual
English spelling Nathaniel can be ignored.)
More precisely, modern Israeli Hebrew has replaced the "th" sound
with "t". Yemenite pronunciation keeps it, I am told. The use of
"th" in English renderings of biblical names probably reflects the
actual pronunciation at some period of time.

Robert Israel
israel@math.ubc.ca
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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