Re: Name Michael on Death Certificate #general

Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>

Joan Rosen wrote:

"....a death certificate for my ggrandmother lists simply Michael (no
surname!) as the father of the
deceased. That individual was never in this country, and lived and
died in the guberniya of Kiev in Russia, at the end of the 19th
century. His name certainly would not have been the English
Michael. Any ideas as to what it might have been?...."

The name Michael is a Hebrew name, pronounced Mi-cha-el, which
originates in the book of Numbers 13:13. Persons with this Hebrew name
frequently had one of the Yiddish names Michal, Michka, Michko, or
Mishka. Michoel was also used.

It would have been usual for the father of a deceased to have been
mentioned by his Hebrew name, in the case of Jews familiar with Jewish
tradition, rather than a Yiddish name.

Shabbat shalom,

Professor G. L. Esterson, Ra'anana, Israel

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