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The Name Angeni
Q: I am writing a story about a woman named Angela who joins a
Native American tribe. I wanted her name to turn into Angeni,
a name I found online. It's suppose to mean spirit angel, but
from what tribe is not listed. Is this a true Indian name?
A: Not exactly... Angeni is a Native American pronunciation
of the English word "angel." (-: I think it would be reasonable
for characters in your story to mispronounce her name in this
way. Goodness knows that road went both directions-- many
proper names that come from Indian words have been
mangled so badly that native speakers can't even recognize them anymore!
The pronunciation "Angeni" comes from
Algonquian languages that lack
an "L" sound, such as Ojibwe and Potawatomi. Two other Native American
pronunciations of the word "angel" are the Creek word Incila (pronounced
in-chi-lah) and the Choctaw word Anchile (pronounced ahn-cheel).
Hope that helps, have a good day!
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