Re: Father and son sharing a name #general


In a message dated 2/14/2002 9:56:58 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< One his tombstone he is called Abram Shmuel GRUZD. One of his sons was
also called Shmuel. That doesn't make much sense to me. As far as I know
European Jews were very careful no to name their children after the living
(certainly not father and son). BTW there seems to be another such case on
my Polish side (father and son named Sholom). >>
==That's a common misunderstanding. In Europe (especially Germany) before
the official adoption of family names, maale Jews were generally known in
civil records by the first name followed by the father's first name. So your
Abram Shmuel GRUZD. was actually Abram son of Shmuel. Very properly, he
named one of his sons in honor of his father Shmuel

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