“Hellenist” is described by an old Webster’s dictionary as “one who affiliates with Greeks, or imitates Greek manners; especially a Jew who used the Greek language as his mother tongue”. There are two schools of thought on this. Many ancient Jews loved the Greek culture and emulated it as best they could but the historical record also shows many Jews were opposed to the love of all things Greek as they felt it took away from Jewish culture. If you have some odd names in your family and don’t know where they originated, look them up on the Internet in a Greek to English dictionary. Even my name, Suellen, as southern as it sounds, has its root in the Greek Hellen.
Suellen Ocean is the author of “Secret Genealogy” a how-to for tracing our Cryptic-Jewish ancestry available at Amazon.