Re: unusual name #general
I have come across a man living in South Wales, known in the Census and other
Wild guess:Indeed there are. I propose Slavic xvala 'praise', semantically more likely to
appear in names in the Hebrew style. Indeed, a Hebrewist among us might know a
Biblical name of the form "God praises/praise God" etc. While perhaps of Church
Slavic origin, the root occurs in all three Slavic branches--East, West, and South.
Switching chval- to chlav- is an easy linguistic change. PS I would love to
confine the technical discussion to private exchange, if Evertjan would be kind
enough to send me an email address that doesn't require rewriting.