Subject: Re: Did anyone know the meaning-the etymology
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: June 22, 2008 at 7:11 AM
Reply to: Did anyone know the meaning-the etymology by Loxandra

Do I detect a pattern in your recent postings, Loxandra?
There was Serntari, which, I suggested was from a Turkish title.
Then there was Zaimi, for which I'm at a loss, but which is also an Albanian surname. Could this be another relic of the Ottoman Empire? I can't find zaim or zaimi in any dictionary, Turkish, Albanian or Greek, but there is an Arabic word, za'im, which is another title. The Turks and other Muslims often borrow Arabic words.
Now Amira(s); it doesn't seem to be a Greek word but AMIR is another Arabic -> Turkish title, denoting a military commander. I draw no conclusion, just note a similarity.
Am I creating a connection between these names which cannot be shown to exist?

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