Re: Levy/Halevy Segal #general


Ira Leviton
 

Ros Romen wrote:

"My maternal family back to greatgrandfather are known to us as LEVY.
Then on a death record I found great grandfather as Abraham Istchak ben
Meir HALEVY SEGAL."

"How should I react to this? Should I now research registers and lists
for SEGAL? I havn't spotted any HALEVY SEGALS online. Any other comments
please?"


I agree with Michael Bernet's comments, and add the following: the
explanation that I have been told is that Sagal (I use this spelling
because it more accurately reflects the pronounciation) is an acronym for
Sagan Levi, which translates as "assistant, Levi". In this instance,
assistant means that the Levi helped the Kohanim, as in washing their
hands, but I'm sure that I'm not the only one who thinks it seems
redundant, since Leviim have always assisted Kohamim.

It's becomes doubly redundant because the lammed in Sagal, as in Abraham
Istchak ben Meir HaLevy Sagal, is for Levi denotes exactly the same thing
as Halevy. But names were definitely used this way; my father has told me
that in Poland, his father was indeed called to the torah in this way
(i.e., HaLevy Sagal); however my father he dropped the double terminology
after he came to the U.S.A. because he couldn't figure it out and nobody
could explain it to him.

Because of the redundancy, I've also thought that there may be better
explanation, but I've never heard of one.

Sagal is also the reason why so many people with the last name Segal (or
even Siegel) are Leviim.

Ira Leviton (yes, a Levi)
New York, N.Y.

searching:
LEWITAN (Rypin and Myszyniec, Pol.), NIEDOBITEK (Rypin, Pol.), BLANK
(Niedzwiada and Ropczyce, Pol.), REBHUN/RAPHAN/etc. (Rzemien and Ropczyce,
Pol.), STRICK (Mielec and Ropczyce, Pol.), KORN (Gorlice and Ropczyce,
Pol.), and ATLAS (Wien/Vienna, Austria)

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