Re: Given Name Boruch #galicia


Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>
 

Eden Joachim posted as follows:

"I have a death certificate for a William JOACHIM, died Brooklyn, New York
in 1910. Based on his age at death, 60 years, and his parents' names, I am
able to pinpoint him as a Boruch JACHIMOWITZ found in the Rzeszow, Poland
(Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire) births index on-line at JRI-Poland.

Can anyone tell me if William was a name adopted by men born Boruch in that
part of the world, in the time frame involved?"

The Hebrew name Boruch is one of those unique names for which emigrants
from most European countries chose to select English vernacular names
beginning only with the letter "B". So, it is unlikely (but possible) that upon immigrating to the US he chose the English name William based on his Hebrew name Boruch. Instead, Eden might consider that he also had another Hebrew and/or Yiddish name for which William was a natural choice in the US, or that this is an example of an exception to the above "rule" and that he chose the name in a non-statistical way.

Thus, it might be worthwhile for Eden to search the Given Names Data Bases
at < http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/GivenNames > in a "reverse"
sense. That is, start with her entry of the English name William in the
US, and search in the Eastern European country GNDBs where he might have
originated, for various Hebrew and Yiddish names which he might have had
there in addition to his known name Boruch.

This is admittedly a bit of a task, but it might lead to sparking someone's memory about a possible other name, or provide some other Hebrew/Yiddish names to watch for in archival documents.

Professor G. L. Esterson, Ra'anana, Israel

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