Re: "Yankel" - three questions #general


Robert Israel <israel@...>
 

In article <40b0a1e1$0$98719$45beb828@newscene.com>,
Dale Bricker <dbricker@cyburban.com> wrote:

My great-grandfather was processed through Ellis Island with his
three older siblings in 1893. His eldest brother was identified
as "Yankel".
1) Was "Yankel" a proper first name, or was it a nickname?
It's a Yiddish diminutive of the Hebrew name Yaakov.

2) On my great grandfather's death certificate in 1902, his
place of origin was identified as Romania. The ship's
list that the four siblings' names was found on identified
their origin as Russia. Was "Yankel" a name that would
have been used in Romania?
Yes.

3) Does anyone have any ideas as to what would have been
the most likely anglicization of the name "Yankel" after
arrival in America? For example, I had a grandfather
>from Ukraine, born Yacov, who was known as "Jack" once
he'd arrived in the States.
I think Jack is the most likely for Yankel as well, although
almost anything is possible.

Robert Israel
israel@math.ubc.ca
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z2

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