Re: "Yankel" - three questions #general


Alexander Sharon
 

"Dale Bricker" 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?
Yankel (Yankiel, Jankiel) became a first name in Russian Empire
This is associated with the Russian administration rules which did
not allow Jewish people to use Christians saints name.
Thus Yakov (Jakub) has been transformed to Yankiel, Moses (Moisiey) to
ugly Movsha, Joseph (Iosif, Jozef) to Osip, Isaac (Isaak) to Itsik,
Israel to Srul, Salomon to Shloyme (Szlojme).

Forbidden also were our ancient names David, Jonathan, Mattityahu
(Matvey) and so on.

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.
Could be anything. No one was obliged to pick a certain prescribed name,
but people usually have kept their first name first letter as the link
to the past. Yakov (or Jakov) is associated this way with Jack.
I have noticed similar practice amongst the Chinese people that
have been adopting Chrfistian names.


Thanks very much.

Dale Bricker
Alexander Sharon
Calgary, Ab

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