Etymology of the name Paschal/Paschall

Etymology – the origin of a word and the historical development of its meaning.

The name Paschall, pronounced pahs-KALL, comes from Pascha, a Latinized spelling of the Hebrew word Pesach, meaning Passover. The story of the Passover lamb is found in the Bible in the book of Exodus, Chapter 12, verses 3 through 11. Related spellings are Paschall, Paschal, Pascal, Pascale, Paschalis, Pascoe, Pascual, Pasqual and Pasquale. The English records of the Paschall family have been found under Paschall, Paschal, Pascal, and Paskell.

In looking at the Hebrew word Pesach פסח, there are three letters.  If you add a fourth letter aleph א, the word refers to the descendants פסחא. Hebrew letters are read from right to left. Each letter represents a number, a picture, and a meaning. A word in the Hebrew language can tell it’s own story.  The four letters of the word the descendants פסחא are the seventeenth, fifteenth, eighth, and first letters in the Hebrew alphabet.

Seventeenth Hebrew letter is Pey, picture meaning is Mouth, meaning Open, Blowing, Scatter, Edge

Fifteenth Hebrew letter is Samec, picture meaning is Thorn, meaning Grab, Hale, Protect

Eighth Hebrew letter is Chet, picture meaning is Tent wall, meaning Wall, Outside, Divide, Half

First Hebrew letter is Aleph, picture meaning is Ox head, meaning Strong, Power, Leader

So the story of the word Pesach is a mouth blowing protection over a tent wall by a strong leader. Who is the strong leader that is blowing protection over the tent or home of the Paschall family?

Jesus said in Revelation 1:8 (ESV) “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” The words Alpha and Omega are Greek. The Hebrew words are Aleph and Tav. The early Hebrew symbol for Tav was a cross. Aleph – the first one – a strong, power, leader Tav – the last one – mark, sign, signal, monument

The Orthodox Jewish Bible version of Revelation 1:8 reads Hisgalus 1:8 Ani Hu the Aleph and the Tav, says Hashem Adonoi, the One who is and the One who was and the One coming, Adonoi Tzivos (Lord of armies). The word Ani means compassion. Hu is a word for God, or unconditional loving.

Jesus, compassionate and full of unconditional loving, is our strong powerful leader, who carries the mark of the nail scars for all of eternity, as a witness to all of creation that HE is the messiah, to the glory of the Father.

May the Lord bless the Paschall descendants.