Re: Pun-yah Surname #general


Celia Male <celiamale@...>
 

Greg Sampson-Gruener has asked for information on the family surname, wariations
of which may also include: Punya or Puhnya etc... (pronounced: "Puhn-Yah"
according to his family.

Stan Goodman writes: ... Puhn-ya does not sound like a surname that reasonably
might be expected in any part of Europe, East or West, with which I am familiar,
nor does it resemble any name >from North Africa, Turkey, or the Arab world that I
know.

Tilford Bartman however came up with a direct hit fron the family - an Isadore
PUNYA wno changed his name to Isador BECKER in Chicago.

Sadly on Yad Vashem, you see a number of PUNER who came >from Lithuania and PUNIE
from Bialystok. We remember them all here today.
I am not a Polish-speaker and do not know if these might sound phonetically like
PUNYA, but I suspect so.

Celia Male [U.K.]

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