Questions tagged [etymology]

About the history and origins of words.

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What's the origin of the name “Jew”?

Why are we called "the Jews"? Did Hashem pick out this name for us? What does the word "Jew" mean?
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What does Yarmulka mean?

What does the word Yarmulka mean?
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Are the names Akiva and Ya'akov related?

Are the names Akiva and Ya'akov related?
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Where can I find Hebrew etymologies? [closed]

In what reliable source can I look up the etymology of English (or other) words stretching all the way back to Semitic languages, especially Hebrew? I often have suspicions that certain words might ...