1. Is Needham — as in Needham, MA — a declinable noun of the third declension? Or is it indeclinable — like Capharnaum and Ierusalem? Thank you!

    1. Hi Dan, great question! Modern city names like this are tricky. Since there doesn’t seem to be an established Latin name for Needham, you have two options.

      1. Treat Needham like an indeclinable noun (as you suggested).
      2. Latinize the name. Latin Wikipedia calls Birmingham “Birminghamia”, Nottingham “Nottinghamia”, etc. So you could use “Needhamia”, which would then be a first declension noun.

      I hope this helps, and thanks for stopping by!

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