Etymology of Claus (Santa Claus)

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Etymology of Claus (Santa Claus)

Post by Neos » Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:04 am

Etymology of Claus

Claus came from the Dutch Klaas, from Middle Dutch Niklaas, which derives from the Greek name Nikolas (or Nicholas) from Nikolaos. Nikolaos is a combination of two words, namely, Nike (victory) and Laos (people). So Nikolaos literally means victory of the people.

The real Saint Nicholas (Gr.: Ayios Nikolaos; Άγιος Νικόλαος) (15/Mar/270 - 6/Dec/346) is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a saint and Bishop of Myra (in Asia Minor). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him.

In modern Greek
a) Nikolaos (shrt.: Nikos): Nicholas, Nick [Νικόλαος]
b) Nike: victory, nike [Νίκη]
c) Laos: people [Λαός]

Nikolaos (Νικόλαος) --> Nikolas --> Niklaas --> Klaas --> Claus

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Re: Etymology of Claus (Santa Claus)

Post by demetri » Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:47 pm

Well, no argument with this one. Neos. :)


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Re: Etymology of Claus (Santa Claus)

Post by Amadeus » Sun Dec 07, 2008 6:15 pm

I have to admit that I actually enjoyed this one. :P
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Re: Etymology of Claus (Santa Claus)

Post by calvinist » Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:46 pm

Yeah, very interesting!

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