Re: Origin of FREEDMAN name #general

Roger Lustig

Not only was Riga in the Russian Empire, but it was a German-speaking
town. Not that FRIEDMAN (or similar spelling) couldn't come >from
Yiddish--and it was also a given name among both Jews and
German-speaking Gentiles.

Beider's book on Russian-Jewish surnames lists many places where Jews
with that surname lived. First one on the list is Riga.

Roger Lustig
Princeton, NJ USA

On 2/15/2015 5:35 AM, wrote:
Liz Scofield wrote:

My ggrandfather Lipman NEINKEN emigrated >from Latvia in 1892 to the
US. His Brooklyn, NY, death certificate lists his mother's (maiden)
name as Rebecca Freedman, born in Russia. FREEDMAN does not appear to
be Latvian in origin. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

When your ggfather was borh in Riga it was part of Russia, hence
family didn't acquire Latvian name.

BTW, name is German.
Calgary, AB

Alexander Sharon

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