deuterotheme

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deuterotheme (plural deuterothemes)

  1. (onomastics) The second element of a name composed of two traditional name roots.
    The Slavic given names Jaromir and Ludomir both contain the deuterotheme -mir ("peace").

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A deuterotheme is not the same as a suffix. Most deuterothemes originate in older forms of a language, and come from an independent word with its own meaning, such as -mir from Proto-Slavic *mirъ (“peace; world”).

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