Re: First Name "Benche" #general

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

Ira Leibowitz wrote as follows:

"There is some dispute as to what my grandfather's Hebrew name was.
Cousins called him Benche -- with the "che" pronounced as in "chest."
I presume Benche is a nickname. But a nickname for what?"

The Yiddish name "Benche" is a kinui (nickname) for the Hebrew name
BenZion. There are various other similar diminutive kinuim such as
Bentsl, Bentshl, Bentse, and Bentsil.

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

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