The meaning of names among Mediterranean Jews
AVAYOU (AviYahu, AbaHu)
among other possible variations depending on the country and language of the person.
Avayou is a rare name in the inventory of creators of Mediterranean Jewish origin. It may consist of two element typical to Hebrew names, 'av' and 'yahu' father' and 'god'. Avayou may be a transformation of Aviyahu. It may also mean 'aba' and 'hu' which implies 'he is our father.'
Prefixes attached to the root name such as (aben, iben, abi, avi, am, ben, bin, abou, a, aj, al, bel, ha, i, la, lel, me, m, o, wi, vi, ) denotes usually a relation to a person, i.e., the father of or the son of X, a place, i.e., a person from X, an occupation, i.e., a person who practices a specific occupation, a characteristic of a person, i.e., beautiful... The prefixes al, el are equivalent to 'the' in English or the article 'le' in French. In the Moroccan Berbers tradition, prefixes such as 'wi' 'vi' 'i' means usually a family relationship to X, the equivalent of Abu in Arabic, i.e., 'the father of', 'son of' a man, a tribal affiliation and so forth.In the Hebrew tradition, the prefix ‘M ‘ is an abbreviation of the word 'from.'
such as 'i' or 'ri' 'ti' refer to an association with a person or a location,
for example: arditi= from ardou
'nino' are used in Spain and Italy to indicate descendence or association with
Suffixes such as 'illo' 'ano' 'ino'
Suffixes such as 'yah', 'yahu' 'hu' are used in Hebrew to denote God's benediction, for example: aviyah, aviyahu, avihu...
Suffixes such as 'i' or 'ri' 'ti' refer to an association with a person or a location, for example: arditi= from ardouor ard.
'nino' are used in Spain and Italy to indicate descendence or association with an attribute.
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