Re: Benno: the name #general


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In a message dated 9/7/2002 11:24:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
tom.vene@uol.com.br writes:

<< According to the Oxford dictionary of first names Benno is the German
medieval short form of various Germanic names containing the word
'bern' (bear), thus it is not a Jewish name. It was used as short
form for Benedict (not Benjamin). >>

Tom Veterinarer is absolutely correct. Benno is no more a "Jewish"
name than is Irving or Sheldon. Nevertheless, the Oxford is not
necessarily an expert on names that Jews chose.

What was asked here, and what is relatively important for genealogists
in their search, is "This man is named Benno. I wonder what his Hebrew
or Yidddish name is. It appears most commonly to be Ben-Zion. Ber
(not bern, which is a city and canton in Switzerland) may be named
Benno--certinly Kaganoff makes this point via Czech and Polish--and,
as I pointed out a few days ago, Benedikt (translation for Baruch) may
be named Benno. But we cannot by any means exclude the frequent case
where Benjamin is given the "civil" name Benno, nor the popularity
among German Jews of Italianate names, where Benno may correspond with
Tuiah, Ben Tov, Shem Tov etc.

Michael Bernet, New York <mBernet@aol.com>

WOLFF (Pfungstadt, Frankfurt/M, Koenigsberg, Amsterdam, N.Carolina);
BERNET, BERNERT, JONDORF(Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg); FEUCHTWANGER
(Schwabach, Hagenbach & Fuerth); KONIGSHOFER (anywhere); BERG, WOLF(F),
(Demmelsdorf & Zeckendorf); Shim`on GUTENSTEIN (Bad Homburg ca 1760);
FRENSDORF/ER (anywhere); MAINZER (Lorsch); anyone in Ermreuth or Floss;
GOLDSCHMIDT (B. Homburg, Hessdorf). ALTMANN (Silesia); TIMMENDORFER

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