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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2002 (January-June) » What is the "An" in Ryan? « Previous Next »

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Ryan Conner (pc015297.campus.uidaho.edu - 129.101.149.94)
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2002 - 04:19 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Hi, my name is Ryan Conner...

I have a question concerning my first name... everywhere I see it translated
as "Little King" or "King". Websites that I've been to say that "Ry" means
King and "An" means diminutive?

Can you give some more insight into what "diminutive" means in regards to
"An"?

Does it really mean little? Or is there some better definition of it?

Thanks for any assistance you can offer.

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James (wcs3.norfolk.nipr.mil - 198.26.132.99)
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2002 - 11:17 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Think of it this way. Danny is the diminutive form of Dan. Kenny is the diminutive form of Ken. Annie--Ann, Kathy--Kate--etc. You could say, I guess, but I don't think you would want to, that Kingy would be a more direct translation. I wouldn't lose any sleep over it, though. It certainly sounds better in its native form than in our anglicized corruption.

Hope that helps.

Le meas,

James

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