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Etymology of Ambrose

Posted by Johannes on 27 December 2009

Origin of Ambrose
The masculine proper noun Ambrose comes from the Late Latin name Ambrosius (e.g. Saint Ambrosius – 4th century), which is a transliteration of the Greek name Ambrosios (Αμβρόσιος) meaning “immortal” (A+brotos).

From the same root:
Ambrosine, ambrosia, ambrosian

In modern Greek (Romeika, the language of Romei/Romans/Ρωμηοί)
a) ambrosia or better amvrosia: ambrosia [αμβροσία]
b) Ambrosios (Amvrosios): Ambrose [Αμβρόσιος]

Το όνομα Ambrose προέρχεται από το Ελληνικό Αμβρόσιος (αθάνατος, α + βροτός).

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One Response to “Etymology of Ambrose”

  1. Montag said

    Whence the “m: between the initial “a” and the following “b”?

    Is it the same type of “m” that we run across in Spanish “nombre” from Latin “nomen” and the castle name “Al Hambra” from the Arabic “Al Hamra'” (meaning ‘the red’) ?

    I understand the double “m” in Latin “immortalis” as “in + m-” becomes “imm-“, but I don’t understand the inserted “m” in Greek and Spanish.

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