Re: Given name "Tanchen" #general


Judith Romney Wegner
 

Does anyone know the given name "Tanchen", also
written "Tanchel" and "Tanchem"? This person was born
in Latvia circa 1852. I'm guessing that it is a
nickname for "Natan," but I don't know for sure.
Dara Pearlman
To me, all of the above look like Yiddishized versions of the name Tanhum
(the "h" requires an underdot as it represents the letter het).

This name seems to have been quite common in medieval and early modern
times (several Tanhums are listed in the Enyclopaedia Judaica). The name
Tanhum actually goes back to the Talmud (where we find also the form
Tanhuma, and comes >from the verb root n-h-m, meaning to comfort or console)
-- like the name of the biblical prophet Nahum (Nachum or Nochum in
Yiddish). Related names are Nahman (Nachman in Yiddish) and the female
version of the name, Nehama.

Judith Romney Wegner

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