TO BE HAPPY IN THE STONE AGE WAS TO BE ABLE TO START A NEW DAY

If your name is Said we have a little story for you; siegħa and Said have a common origin

Before the advent of the Agricultural Era, most people depended on the sea and small groups were hunter-gatherers. Food had to be found every day. People who were lucky not be sick or wounded, were able to start the day early. The act of starting the day to look for food is called *S’ “seek, find, make an effort,” etc. From this Stone Age biliteral root is S’eed (Said) “happy,” and “sa’adah” “happiness.” This may sound funny: In Arabic saa’i al barid is “postman” because he or she seeks people to give them the letters or parcles. Another is this: In Ancient Arabic su’baan is “snake,” for nothing more than seeking food, like humans. It is found in the form of thu’baan which is a corruption because the letter “th” is not ancient. The root is the origin of Maltese siegħa. It did not mean “hour” in the past but a certain time to begin looking for food, usually at day break.
Those with original Maltese proper names or surnames can send us their names and we will try to explain them etymologically. With the names tell us what do you think they mean because that can be helpful. But be patient. We are very busy.

 

Image: kennethrh60, a painting by Andrew Atroshenko

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