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TitleMeaning of the Word "Mormon"
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1927
AuthorsSjodahl, J.M.
MagazineImprovement Era
Issue Number5
Date PublishedMarch 1927
KeywordsLanguage - Egyptian; Linguistic Analysis; Linguistics; Onomastics

This article quotes Joseph Smith’s statement that “Mormon” means “more good,” or, in other words, “better.” The first syllable is English, the second is Egyptian. The “good” in the name is related to the gospel as good news. Several native American languages have superlatives that translate “more good.”