Newton

tags:  Greek Semitic spook name · name   —   by Gerry · Apr 2019 · 175 words

The name Newton means “new town”, and may be favored by aristocrats because it is a translation of Phoenician Carthage meaning “new town”, and a reference to colonization and the founding of new colony towns in general.

ThePeerage.com lists over 400 Newtons, plus some Newtowns.

Newton : Old English new town; compare same construction in Italian Napoli (“Naples”); the name of many English-speaking places; a habitational surname​ for someone from any of these places; Sir Isaac Newton — English (Wikt)

Carthago : Carthage; via Ancient Greek Καρχηδών (Karkhēdṓn) from Phoenician 𐤒𐤓𐤕𐤇𐤃𐤔𐤕‎ (Qrt-ḥdšt, “new city”); compare Aramaic קַרְתָּא‎ (qartā, “city”) and חֲדַתָּא‎ (ḥəḏattā, “new”), Hebrew קִרְיָה‎ (qiryā, “city”) and חָדָשׁ‎ (ḥāḏāš, “new”), Arabic قَرْيَة‎ (qarya, “village”) and Arabic حَدِيث‎ (ḥadīṯ, “new”) — Latin (Wikt)

Neapolis : Naples, Italy; various other cities in the Hellenistic world, including modern Nabeul, Tunisia, and Nablus, Palestine; from Ancient Greek Νεᾱ́πολῐς (Neā́polis), from νέᾱ (néā, “new”) + πόλῐς (pólis, “city”) — Latin (Wikt)

Χαλκηδών Khalkēdṓn : Chalcedon; from Phoenician 𐤒𐤓𐤕𐤇𐤃𐤔𐤕‎ (Qrt-ḥdšt, “New City”), hence doublet of Καρχηδών (Karkhēdṓn, “Carthage”). Probably also influenced by χαλκός (khalkós, “bronze”) — Ancient Greek (Wikt)

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