Re: Given name "Owsey" #general


Roy Ogus <ogus@...>
 

Steve Orlen said:

A relative of mine immigrated >from Trakai, Lithuania, in 1907. His
given name on the manifest & passenger record is "Owsey." Last name
ADELSOHN. Though it's a good joke on him, what might that be a
misspelling of?
Steve,

I think that the name "Owsey" is likely the Yiddish nickname for the
Hebrew name "Yehoshua". According to the Given Names database, this
name was sometimes anglicized to "Samuel", as was the case with your
relative.

Roy Ogus
Palo Alto, California, USA
ogus@impact.xerox.com

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