thekabalist Posted November 17, 2009 Report Share Posted November 17, 2009 (edited) Hi forum,As a Jew I was asked by my friend Vanhin to investigate the possible Hebrew roots of the names in the BoM. We have found some exciting things! If there are any names you would like us to check please send us your requests. Do note that this is highly speculative because some names have been anglicized and it makes it hard to find the roots behind them. Take for example the biblical name "James". How many people know that "James" and "Jacob" are the same name? And how many people know that they come from the Hebrew "Ya'akov"? That being said, our research has showed some promising potential that I'd like to share here.* (For clarity I will transliterate as capital "H" for the gutural sounds of the letters ח and in some cases כ or its ending form ך though in Jewish literature it is common to find them transliterated as "ch" or "kh")Mormon - מרמן or מורמן – literally "from/of the master" (from - man // master - mar/mor)"Almah - עלמה – as the Hebrew would mean maiden I assume it's Aramaic. It'd mean literally "world" or "universe" in Aramaic.Moroni - מרני or מורני - the last yud would adjectify the word "maran" (our master) so this would mean something like "belonging to our master" (this is a rough translation)Moronihah - מרניה or מורניה – literally means "Yah is our master"Ammonihah - אמניה – literally "Yah is truthful"ZaraHemlah - זרחמלה or זרה-חמלה– This is most interesting: I'm betting it's a compound name of Zarah (stranger/foreign) + Hemlah (compassion) - ie. compassion unto a foreign people?Korihor - קריאה-אור - another possible compound name: kariah-or - which would mean "called unto light"Moriantom - מרי–אמתם or מורי–אמתם - one more compound name: mori-amtem - which would mean "my master is their truth"Zenock - זנוק – literally "start"Ripliancum - "[He] has caused me to rise"הפיל (hepil - has caused) אני (ani - me)קום (kum - to rise)Coriantumr - חורין-תומר - chorin-tumr (the free - the palm) - I would suppose it means "the free people from the palm region"Shiz looks like "She-oz" (עזש) which could mean "that is strong" or "that is goat-like"Lib - לב - (Lev/Leb) it literally means "heart". In hebrew the letter ב can be pronounced as a "b" or as a "v". This word is also used to mean "center" or "core" much like in English. So I assume this was a very loved baby or came to become the center of the family. Ether sounds more israelite. There are three possibilities for Ether:עטר - (Eter) - literally means "adorned" or "crowned"אטר - (Eter) - means "left handed". As a humorous side-note it could also mean "weird" though I would pity a baby that is called "weird" by his own parents. Highly unlikely. Left-handed is possible though. אתר - (Eter) - means "location", "site" or possibly "place of digging"Lehi - לחי - (Lehi) means "jaw" or "jawbone"Nephi - Could it come from נפיל "Nephil"? It means giant or very tall in Hebrew.About the currency I'll take it slow as there are many. Here are a few:senine - סנן - (senen) means "pure" or "filtered". Could it be purified silver?amnor - I don't know but it makes me think of "am'n or" (אמן אור)which would be literally "true light" or "truly shiny".ezrom - עזרם - (ezram) means "their aid". onti - חנוטי - chanoti - ripened (not so sure about this one though)senom - This is interesting. Considering its relationship with the senine, I would say it probably originally meant סננים (s'nenim) which would be the plural form of senine. I can see how s'nenim easily would become s'nem as a slang form which is pretty close to senom. Edited November 17, 2009 by thekabalist Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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