Nathan Reiss <reiss@...>
jborman@... (Jim Borman) writes:
Why do so many Jewish names begin with Gold-One of the tendencies, primarily in Eastern Europe, was to
choose names that had a lucky connotation, hence the large
number of names beginning with "Gold" and "Silver".
My ggg-grandfather in Russo-Poland changed his name to Goldblum
after two of his children and his wife had died, possibly in an
attempt to change his luck. He then remarried and fathered
at least seven more children, at least three of which also died.
Researching: REISS, STRAUSS, BAUM, GOLDSCHMIDT, LILIENSTEIN, GRIESHEIM,
EDELMUTH, LIPPMANN, MAY, METZGER, all >from Hesse, Germany;
GOLDBLUM, FREYLICH >from Olkusz, Russo-Poland;
KRIEGER >from Oswiecim (Auschwitz), Austro-Poland.