Re: Yale also is Eyal #general


Judith Romney Wegner
 

At 7:47 AM -0400 6/14/06, Stephen Gaffin wrote:
My Uncle Yale's Hebrew name is Eyal, not Yoel.

Steve Grace Jaffe Gaffin

Dear Steve,

That may be so, but we need to bear in mind that culturally speaking,
the name "Eyal" is not a long-established Hebrew name like those
traditionally bestowed down the ages. It is a modern Israeli name (I
myself have a teen-age great-nephew in Israel named Eyal -- with no
Yo'els in his ancestry!)

In the context of Jewish genealogy today, it would be overstating
the case to claim that "Yale is also Eyal." This is highly unlikely
to be true of Yales born earlier than the mid-20th century; and when
discussing traditional Hebrew names, that earlier time period is
what we have in mind.

I would bet that virtually every Jew named "Yale" now living or
already deceased either has the Hebrew name Yo'el or had an ancestor
with that Hebrew name.

Judith Romney Wegner

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