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Origin of the name LELI.
Etymology of the name LELI.
Meaning of the baby name LELI.

  

LELI.  A Swiss pet form of biblical Magdalene (q.v.), meaning "of Magdala." (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)

Prefixion of N, T, &c., to Certain Names (5th S. iii. 301, 413.)—Dr. Chance says:—"In the Spanish Lola (= Charlotte) and Leli (Swiss = Magdalene) the second syllable seems to be the reduplication."  Surely Leli is the South German and Swiss diminutive of Magdalene, the syllable li corresponding to the German lein in Fräulein.  In the Swiss patois we have Schlöszli, Schänzli, and many other words with the same termination li; in fact, it seems to me that about one-third of their substantives end in li.  I conceive also that, in the word Lola, la is not a reduplication, but merely a sign of diminution, as it is in Latin and Italian. F. J. V. (Notes and Queries, v.52, 1875)

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