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St Hilary of Poitiers

Subject: Religion

(c.315–67/8), the foremost Latin theologian of his age. A convert from paganism, he was elected Bp. of Poitiers c.350. He became involved in the Arian disputes and, probably as ...

Hilary

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A Dictionary of First Names (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2006
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Names studies
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64 words

... ♀, ♂ From the medieval form of the (post-classical) Latin masculine name Hilarius (a derivative of hilaris ‘cheerful’) and its feminine form Hilaria . From the Middle Ages onwards, the name was borne principally by men (in honour of the 4th-century theologian St Hilarius of Poitiers ). Now, however, it is given almost exclusively to girls. Variants : Hillary (the usual U.S. spelling), Hilarie ...

Hillary

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Dictionary of American Family Names

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Current Version:
2006
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Names studies
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208 words

...literally well-speaking, chosen by early Christians as a reference to the gift of tongues), likewise introduced into England by the Normans. A St. Eulalia was crucified at Barcelona in the reign of the Emperor Diocletian and became the patron of that city. In England the name underwent dissimilation of the sequence -l-l- to -l-r- and the unfamiliar initial vowel was also mutilated, so that eventually the name was considered as no more than a feminine form of Hilary (of which the initial aspirate was in any case variable). Given Names Irish 5%. Caitlin...

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