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I personally believe that your assertions are correct but I just want to double check so that I state them in my research correctly.
Below are just two of the prevalent theories out there, that I mentioned above, as to the historical founding of the name "AMERICA":
Here is the first one:
Americus Vespucius is the Latinized version of the Florentine explorer Amerigo Vespucci's name, and America is the feminine form of Americus. Amerigen is explained as Amerigo plus gen, the accusative case of the Greek word for 'earth', and meaning 'land of Amerigo'. (See etymology.) Amerigo itself is an Italian form of the medieval Latin Emericus (see also Saint Emeric of Hungary), which through the German form Heinrich (in English, Henry) derived from the Germanic name Haimirich.
ALso, I found this as well....
Vespucci was born in 1454 in Florence, where he was baptized, according to the official record, "Amerigho" ? not, as Carew asserts, Alberigo. The use of the form Amerigho for Amerigo is an instance of the orthographic anarchy that existed in the spelling of proper names. The name Amerigo derives from an old Gothic name, Amalrich. In all its forms found in Europe (Greek "Aimulos," Latin "Aemelius") the underlying meaning was that of work. Amalrich, which literally meant work ruler, or designator of tasks, might be freely translated as master workman. Old German forms of the name were Amalrich, Almerich, Emmerich; the Spanish form was Almerigo; in England it was Almerick, or Merica in old families in Yorkshire. It appeared in feminine forms in Amelia and Emily; its masculine forms were Amery, Emeric, and Emery. But as Charlotte Mary Yonge wrote in her History of Christian Names (1884), it was "the Italian form, Amerigo, which was destined to the most noted use ? which should hold fast that most fortuitous title, whence thousands of miles, and millions of men, bear the appellation of the forgotten forefather of a tribe of the Goths ? Amalrich, the work ruler; a curiously appropriate title for the new world of labor and of progress."
Some Hungarian scholars believe Vespucci was named after Saint Emeric (c. 1000?1031), son of the first king of Hungary. He was known in Latin as Sanctus Americus, after being canonized for his pious life and purity. As a further reflection of national pride, a theory native to Hungary holds that the European explorers of the New World, or their priests, named it after this popular saint, in the old tradition of bestowing place names in honor of saints. However, no proof of this etymology exists. Concerning Vespucci, he actually was named after his grandfather, as indicated in the baptism register of his church in Florence: "Amerigho et Matteo di ser Nastagio [his father] di ser Amerigho [his grandfather] Vespucci." His grandfather's burial stone there is inscribed with the elder's name as Amerigo Vespuccio.
As you know, there are always a plethora of "theories" out there, some more credible than others, so as I am preparing to present next week, I am wanting to clarify with you what your sources are for Amerigo being a latinized version of HaMachir. Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated as I find you to be a very knowledgeable and trustworthy source.
Also, I am very intrigued by your work on the GREAT SEAL of AMERICA and it's connection to the emblems of the tribe of Menasseh, namely the OLIVE BRANCH and the SHEAF of ARROWS. Can you point me in a direction to do more research on this as well because I find so many conflicting ideas about this. For instance, some say that the "emblem of Menasseh" is a unicorn: (The following comes from www.chabad.org)
Joseph's stone was an onyx and the color of his flags were jet black; the embroidered design thereon for the two tribes descending from Joseph,Ephraim and Menasseh, was Egypt, because they were born in Egypt. On the flag of Ephraim was embroidered a bullock, in allusion to the verse, "His firstling bullock" (Deuteronomy 33:17), which refers to Joshua who came from the tribe of Ephraim. On the flag of the tribe of Menasseh was embroidered a unicorn, in allusion to the verse, "And his horns are the horns of the re'em" (ibid.), which alludes to Gideon son of Joash who came from the tribe of Menasseh. (www.chabad.org)
So, as you can see, there is much in the way of conflicting ideas and facts out there and I am just trying to get it straight becuase, it would make sense that, as you say, Menasseh's emblems would be emblazoned on the GREAT SEAL in the form of an OLIVE BRANCH AND A SHEAF OF ARROWS....but according to Chabad.org, the emblem of Menasseh is a unicorn????
Again, any help you can offer in clearing this up would be great!
Thank you so very much for your time!
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