Wherefore ‘ben Alexander’?

Some basics of Jewish names Most Jewish people have Jewish names, which they use in religious contexts, although they do not necessarily go by them in public. Some Jewish names like mine (David) are universal enough, but others do not roll off the gentile tongue so easily. Jewish names are typically of Jewish languages: primarily […]

Wherefore ‘ben Alexander’?

1. This is third post by the same author within a month being shared here because:

2. I think it’s very engrossing. Names always tell interesting stories. Unlike some other proper names: personal names are associated with most intelligent beings: humans.

3. This post has a story about author’s full name. I could simply relate it with Hindu names which have been subject of study for me.

4. Hindu women adopt their husband’s surname in Middle-North India after marriage.

5. Some women keep both:

For example: Sarita Tripathi Mishra

Here: Tripathi is a surname which means ‘one who reads three lessons everyday.’

‘Mishra is a surname which means mixed.’

The first one was surname of lady’s father and second that of her husband: she kept both of them.

6. Some ladies even keep their husband’s popular names as middle names:

For example: Aneeta Lallu Choudhary

Here: Lallu is a popular name meaning ‘beloved or adorable or simpleton’ Choudhary is surname and Aneeta is first name.

7. Using father’s or mother’s name as middle names is most common in South India. It’s prevalent practice even among some Muslim brothers:

APJ Abdul Kalam had full name as:

Abul Pakir Jainul Abedin Abdul Kalam

First four names were names of his father(which had name of his grandfather)


H. D. Devegauda

Hardan Halli Done Dauda Devegauda

8. It’s also common to use name of native villages.

Leonardo Da Vinci is an European name I used today morning in a post. He was born in Vinci, Florence, Italy.

Honnavara B. Vinay was one of my team leads in Chennai. He was related to a place called Honnavara in Karnataka.

9. A full fledged article on names would take more space than this. I only intended this one to be a comment as I wanted to share David Ben Alexander’s insightful article with you. Kindly visit his site and enjoy reading this post. Thank you!

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