Re: Father's mid name/son's first? #general

Harold Rabbie <hzrabbie@...>


You don't say where your great-grandfather and his father are buried.
This particular naming pattern was almost universal among Dutch Ashkenazim.
A son's middle name was always his father's first name. And if a son was
named after his grandfather, then the son's first name was therefore the
same as his father's middle name.

Incidentally, the same applied to daughters. The daughter's middle name
was often her father's first name, even though that name was masculine.
So for example, my great-grandmother's name was Kitty Nathan Wins,
daughter of Nathan Levie Wins.

This naming pattern originates >from the Jewish custom of using patronymics,
i.e. X ben/bat Y, which predated the use of surnames.
Harold Zvi Rabbie
Los Gatos, California

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My great-grandfather, Jacob Abrams (~1886-1940) was Yaakov in Hebrew.
On the tombstone it says "Yaakov ben Aron."

Now..I have a picture of the tombstone of his father, Aron (~1855 - ~1920)
and the Hebrew says "Aron Yaakov ben Pinchas."

Can anyone offer any perspective about Jacob's first name being the same
as his father's middle name. Doesn't this go against traditional
Ashkenazic naming??

-Howie Zakai
Staten Island & Binghamton, NY
Researching: ABRAMOVICH/ABRAMOWITZ (Silale, Lithuania);
MARK/MARKS (Lithuania, possibly Lida district); inter alia...

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