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Origin of Scully name
Posted by: Tony Scully (ID *****1115) Date: January 29, 2003 at 12:51:47
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I keep seeing "Scully" translated as "Student," or in the case of the Dana Scully (X-Files) websites, as "Town Crier." The Irish name, "Scully" is almost the exact word in classical and modern Greek. It means "Scholar," with the accent on the second syllable. As I understand it, the pre-Christian Celts adopted Greek as their second language; the Irish origins of the Arthurian tales with their textual and thematic connections with Macedonia point out the connection.
In classical Greek, the word (Scully, spelled in Greek letters) actually means "leisure," which was perceived as a basis or precondition for scholarship. In modern European languages the word has transmuted into such names as "Schyler," Shulman," "Scooler," and so forth: "School-man" or "A man of the schools," or "Scholar." It's a little different from "Student." I am not a Greek scholar myself, but studied it in school for two years (Don't ask.)Recently, a man of middle-eastern origin, who publishes an Arab-American magazine, told me that in modern Greek, Scully means Scholar-- again, with the accent on the second syllable.

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