I just came across the record of a married woman whose given name
was originally Jadwiga. Was amazed to discover that Jadwiga was a
14th century Polish monarch!
Her name was Ita/Jadwiga FRUMER (with an umlaut over the "U").
(I'm assuming that FRUMER is a variant of FRYMER, her husband's
surname, even though it sounds Germanic.) Ita's parents were
Moszek Zysel (unmistakably Jewish!) and Estera DOBROCZYCKICH/POZANSKA.
Estera is always (or at least usually) considered Jewish - but what
about those two last names - would they be considered "Jewish?"
I'm wondering whether Ita's mother was of mixed parentage. Otherwise
why would a (supposedly Jewish woman be named after a Polish (Christian)
Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.
San Francisco, California
Researching (partial list):
DROZDIASZ: Karczew, Otwock, Poland
SZAFIRSTAJN/SAFIRSTEIN: Karczew, Otwock, Poland
KRAWIECKI, Lodz,, Poland
KUJAWSKI: Lodz, Kalisz, Poland
MICHALASZ, ?, Poland
ISAACS: Mlawa, Poland (original Polish surname unknown)