Re: First Name: Kazimiera #general

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

Yaacov Slizak of Ireland posted as follows:

"Is the polish first name "Kazimiera" a typical Jewish one? I have never
heard of this one.

A Polish pal friend of mine is called SPOSOB - surname I am researching -
but his family (up to grandparents) have no knowledge of any Jewish

His grandfather is called Roman and he's >from Radzyn Podlaski (Pol). His
grand-aunt is called Kazimiera and she's >from Ivano Frankivsk (Ukr)."

The Polish name Kazimiera for a female is one that I do not
recognize. There are several similar names for *males* which were used by
Jews in Poland and in some other Eastern European countries: Kazimir and
Kazimierz, plus a few variant spellings. It is possible that the name
Kazimiera was used for females in correspondence to these male names --
this practice was not uncommon both in secular Europe and within Jewish
usage as well. It was carried out by tacking on an extension to the male

In any event, these names for men were recognized in Poland during the
nineteenth century by the rabbinate as "New" secular kinuim which could be
properly written in a Get (Jewish divorce contract). So, in this sense,
the name Kazimiera has a degree of validity for Jewish women, however, I
have not found any support for its authoritative use by Jews within the
confines of Jewish divorce law.

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

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