Naming and the intention of the namer #general


Jerome Seligsohn <jselig1315@...>
 

We must not presume that the parents in selcting a
name for their child are students of the origin of
names. We can only surmise that they intend to give a
name for a purpose that must remain somewhat of a
mystery to posterity. We assume that some ancestor is
being honored especially if the name designators are
avowedly concerned with tradition. If the designators
are of the orthodox persuasion we can assume that they
must meet the dictates of their community and are
fairly close to the historic name. For the rest we
must conjecture that anything is permitted, even Jezebel.
Genealogically speaking we are in a minefield.

Jerome Seligsohn
NYC

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