Re: Hebrew/Yiddish for "Lawrence" #general


Robert Strumwasser <robertstrum@...>
 

From: Roberta Sheps <roberta_l_sheps@tesco.net>
I now have this question: given that my great-grandfather's last name
was "Cohen", how likely is it that his first name would have been
"Levi"? It seems pretty contradictory to me. Is there any customary or
Halakhic reason why a Cohen would not have been called "Levi"?
In many cases, the given name Levi (also Levin) was simply a diminutive for
Leib, unrelated to tribal affiliation. In such a case, I see no reason why
there would be a "problem" regarding the bearer being a Koheyn(I know of no
such reason in any event, but lack the knowledge to be definitive).
As a case in point, I have a cousin (b.c. 1855 in Lithuania) who was named
Yehuda Leib COHN, who was called Leib, and who then took the name Levin
COHN upon arriving in the US.

Robert Strumwasser
Sharon, MA, USA
RobertStrum@email.msn.com

Researching: >from Taurage, Lith: COHN, GLICKMAN, ROZ, SIEGAL, HURWITZ;
ABRAMAWITZ >from Taurage & Vainutas; any STRUMWASSER, STROMWASSER,
STRONGWATER, STONEWATER; >from Kamenets Pod., Ukr: JURIST, URIST, SAPOSNICK,
PETCHEKOVSKY, CZAP; >from Sadgura,Ukr: KARPEL, LOBL; KALTER >from Zhelibory
& Voynilov, Ukr; >from Sudilkov, Ukr: KUDISH, RUTFIELD, LERNER, KATZ; from
Rafalowka & Manevichi, Ukr: ROSENFELD, BRATT

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