The christian name/first name/prenom - 'Benjmain' in France
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16 Jul 2003 01:46 PDT
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Question ID: 231542
I am researching the origins of a 'Benjamin Browne' who married in London in 1733 to a French Huguenot girl (Elizabeth Bertrand) when he signed his name (twice) as 'Benjmain Browne'. The name 'Benjamin' is today frequently misspelled as ' Benjmain' due to a typing error but in 1733, when written as such, it is legitimate. My question is: does anyone in France know of any examples (today or in the past) of their spelling of the name - ie 'Benjamain' - being shortened to 'Benjmain' - as though the middle 'a' is diminished or dropped - as 'Benj-main' when pronounced in French??
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Re: The christian name/first name/prenom - 'Benjmain' in France
From: fti-ga on 28 Jul 2003 07:25 PDT
As a french, I don't think Benjamin would easily became benjmain. the middle A is quite strong and benjmain looks hard to be pronounced for a french speaker. I searched a database about given and family names with records dating back to 1890. The database deals only with french data. Benjmain is neither a family nor given name. On the contrary, Benjamin is quite a common given name and not such an uncommon familiy name. Only 5 persons were born during the 20th century under the Benjamain family name, compared to more 1500 "Benjamin" and none with "Benjmain" By a rapid look on Google results "Benjmain" is not uncommon but does not link to webpages from France (rather west indies or Quebec) Hope this help François
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