I noticed these two words share the same central consonants, and wouldn't it be fascinating if the l-b-n semitic root has a common source to the English "albin-" as in albino and albinism?
I did some basic research, and it seems that "albino" comes from the latin "albus" which in its root lacks the third consonant of the semitic l-b-n, which would seem to make the connection less likely. "לבן", meanwhile, comes from the same root in Proto-semitic, so if there's shared ancestry, it extends back somewhere on the order of a few thousand years. Not sure what to do from here to follow this further down the rabbit hole, so I'm hoping that one of you is similarly fascinated to me on this connection.
- Thanks @cmw for pointing out that while "albus" lacks the "n" in the root, albino and albinism come from the modified "albinus", meaning related-to white as opposed to referring to the color white itself. Modified the above slightly to reflect this
- Somehow didn't notice a misspelling in an earlier version of this question. Fixed!