E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Aminte (2 syl.).
The name assumed by Cathos as more aristocratic than her own. She is courted by a gentleman, but discards him because his manners are too simple and easy for bon ton; he then sends his valet, who pretends to be a marquis, and Aminte is charmed with his distinguished style of manners and talk. When the game has gone far enough, the trick is exposed, and Aminte is saved from a mésalliance.Molière: Les Précieuses Ridicules.
It was a prevailing fashion in the Middle Ages to change names; Voltaires proper name was Arouet (16941778); Melancthons was Schwarzerde (14971560). The real names of Desiderius Erasmus were Gheraerd Gheraerd (14671536); Anacharsis Clootz was Jean Baptiste Clootz, etc.