gasper M

persian (fārsi)

This name derives from the Old Persian “kaspar”, meaning “treasure bringer, master of the treasure. This is the name of one of the “Three Kings”, who presented Christ gifts. The name Gaspar or Caspar, along with the names of the other two legendary Magi, appeared for the first time in two Medieval Latin texts. By the 6th century, the name Gaspar was recorded in mosaic at the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy as one of the traditional names assigned by folklore to the anonymous Magi mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew account of the Nativity of Jesus. The letter "G" in the name Gaspar was clearly different than the letter "C" used elsewhere, suggesting that the name Gaspar preceded the name Caspar, and not the other way around as some have supposed.

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