Diana da Costa
Dear all subscribers, especially all those of you who responded to my question,
I had an amazing response (thirty-three to date) to my query which I posted
on both the GERSIG and JewishGen Discussion Group Lists and I thought it
might be of interest and help to summarise the contributions I received, in
no particular order:
1.The issue was not important as a) it was not the Hebrew name and b)daughters
were not viewed as significant as sons as they were not called to the Torah and
so naming girls was not taken as seriously.
2.The child could have been named after another ancestor with the same name and in
fact, her aunt could already have been named after said person.The name could also
have been given >from a different family which coincidentally was the same as the
3. Marie is a secular name and her Hebrew name, if she had one, might have been
4. A living relative can give permission for their own name to be given to a child.
5. It was often known that all siblings and first cousins to have the same name
if all were named after the same deceased grandparent.
6. The custom to name after the living is known amongst the Sephardim,some
Hassidic sects, amongst some early German Jewish communities, in 19th century
Holland and in Breslau, now part of Poland.
7. It was also known in Prussia and Alsace to name after living aunts and uncles
but not after living parents and grandparents.
8. It was more of a taboo to name after the living amongst those originating >from
Eastern Europe than amongst 19th century German Jewish Americans.
9. Traditions tended to break down in the US but that it is important to know the
traditions of one's own family.
Thank you to all who emailed me so promptly. I now need to continue
researching into my DITTMANN and ROSENFELD ancestors, which hitherto has
been quite problematic, to see whether I can find any "Maries". If anyone
is researching DITTMANN >from Tuechersfeld, near Bamberg or ROSENFELD from
Bamberg or anyone at all >from either place, I should be most grateful to
hear >from you.
With all good wishes,
Diana (MOHR) GOMES da COSTA, Kent UK - formerly >from London Researcher number: 166938
Researches include ARNSTEIN, BACH, BASS, BERLIN, COHN, DITTMANN, FLACHFELD,
GUETERMANN, HAHN, HELLMANN, HIRSCHMANN, KOHN, KRAILSHEIMER, KUGLER, LOEWI,
MANES, MARX, MENDEL, MORGENTHAU, MOHR, ROSENFELD, ROSENWALD, UHLMANN,
WEIKERSHEIMER and ZIRNDORFER - all originally >from Bavaria
"Diana da Costa" <dianadacosta@...> wrote:
I am mystified by the fact that my great-great grandmother chose to give her
sister's name to her daughter when her sister was still very much alive!