[b-greek] Re: Why does IAKWBOS --> James?

From: Carl W. Conrad (cwconrad@artsci.wustl.edu)
Date: Wed Feb 13 2002 - 08:36:09 EST

At 8:50 AM +0100 2/13/02, Iver Larsen wrote:
>> My understanding is that the name is
>> coming to English via two different routes, one more-or-less
>> directly from
>> Hebrew/Greek and the other via French. I do not have the details, alas.
>Less directly. According to the Oxford Dictionary the linguistic path is:
>Hebrew Jakob, Greek IAKWBOS, Latin Iakobus, Late Latin Iakomus, Old French

That Latin spelling probably wouuld have been Iacobus (Jacobus) and Iacomus
(Jacomus). The question was raised where The Spanish got Diego; the answer
is that it came from the first part --Iaco/Jaco--: the Spanish San Diego,
the Italian Sant' Iago, the French Saint Jacques, the English Saint James.

Carl W. Conrad
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