Rachel Cobleigh (reveilles) wrote,
Rachel Cobleigh

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So jcobleigh comes over to me this afternoon while I'm working on something, and he says, "Wow! Fourteen years for one woman!"

He of course was referring to the story of Jacob and Rachel (Genesis 29), so I looked up and grinned.

"She must have been something, eh?"

"Just like you, Rachel," he says sweetly. Grinning, because he knows exactly how to deliver mushy romantic lines so that it's obvious that he knows they're mushy, and I laugh.

"Know what my name means?"


"'Mother sheep.' I'm a ewe." (Pronounced, of course, "yoo-eh," because Scottish pronunciation makes more sense.) "Baaa."

"You know, I have no idea what my name means."

"Ah!" I exclaimed, swiveling in my chair. "We can look it up!"

So we went to a name-meanings website and while we couldn't find "Jamieson," we found:

JAMIE (1) m Scottish, English
Pronounced: JAY-mee
Scottish pet form of JAMES

So we looked up JAMES:

JAMES m English, Biblical
Pronounced: JAYMZ
English form of the Late Latin Jacomus which was derived from Iakobos, the New Testament Greek form of Ya'aqob (see JACOB). In the New Testament James is an important apostle, the brother of the apostle John. According to the Book of Acts he was beheaded by Herod Agrippa. Another James is also mentioned in the Bible as being the brother of Jesus. Kings of England and Scotland have borne this name. Other famous bearers include the inventor of the steam engine James Watt, the explorer Captain James Cook, and the novelist and poet James Joyce.

At which point I freaked out, because how many times had I jokingly thought to God, "Wouldn't it be funny if I married a guy named Jacob?" Ooh-hoo, hee hee, a divine sense of humor that borders on the scary--and of course we discover this the first time Jamie reads the Rachel-and-Jacob story and comes over to tell me.

So I kind of twitch-shrieked and tossed my glasses on the desk and clamped my hands between my knees.

"This isn't affecting me like it's affecting you," he says, looking amused.

"Don't you get a weird sense of 5000 years of human history intersecting with us?" I asked.

He paused, shifted. "Mm. Yes." (Weird look.)

(Oh good! I transferred my psychosis! This relationship is going to work out after all! :)

"So what's 'Jacob' mean?" he asked, readjusting back to normality as a matter of course.

I thus include this for your viewing pleasure:

JACOB m English, Dutch, Scandinavian
Pronounced: JAY-kub
From the Latin Jacobus, which was from the Greek Iakobos, which was from the Hebrew name Ya'aqob which meant "holder of the heel" or "supplanter". The biblical Jacob (later called Israel) was born holding his twin brother Esau's heel. He was the son of Isaac and Rebecca and the father of the twelve founders of the twelve tribes of Israel. A famous bearer of this name was Jacob Grimm, the German linguist and writer who was, with his brother Wilhelm, the author of 'Grimm's Fairy Tales'.

You have to admit: that was a bit weird. :)

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