Re: Popularity of the name Zvi Hirsh #general


In article <95u4lt$i5g$>, wrote:

What struck me was the popularity of the
name Zvi Hirsh (27 times out of 470 entries).
Cen anyone explain why this particular name was so popular in the
18th/19th centuries?
Still popular today. Tsvi means 'deer' and is Hebrew whilst Hirsh
means the same in Yiddish. It has a biblical origin and probably
comes >from a progenitor with the name Naphtali. (See Genesis 49:21
where in Jacob's blessing to his sons he refers to Naphtali as a "hind
let loose"). It is a typical couplet of names of which there are
other examples like Aryeh Leib, Menachem Mendel, Binyamin Ze'ev etc..

Murray Freedman

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