names with an axe

Names with Axes

There are four names I have discovered that use the noun root -ašr- ‘axe’.  In all four cases it is a man’s name.

Hašrayetak          He used to bear an axe on a strap around his shoulder. (male)

[hah-shra-yeh-tak]

h-                     masculine singular agent – he

-ašr-                 noun root – axe

-a-                    joiner vowel

-yet-                 verb root – bear on a strap around the shoulder or neck

-a-                    habitual aspect

-k                     past aspect suffix

 

Hašręhaǫ             He is carrying an axe.     (male Snake clan)

[hah-shren-hah-on]

h-                     masculine singular agent – he

-ašr-                 noun root – axe

-ęha-                verb root – carry

-ǫ                     stative aspect

 

Huhšruyuti            He is causing an axe to penetrate it.   (male Large Turtle Clan)

[hooh-shroo-yoo-tee]

hu-                   masculine singular patient – he

-hšr-                 noun root – axe

-uyu-                verb root – penetrate

-t-                     causative root suffix

-i                      stative aspect

 

Huhšraęwahs[1]     He often loses his axe. (male Deer clan)

[hooh-shrah-en-wahs]

hu-                   masculine singular patient – he

-hšr-                 noun root – axe

-a-                    joiner vowel

-ę-                    verb root – have

-wa-                 undoer root suffix

-hs                   habitual aspect

 

 

 

 

[1]Connelley 1900:113  translates the name as  “Cannot find deer when he goes hunting.”  This is not a literal translation, but I feel that is is one that uses the symbolic meaning of axe.

 

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