Re: Bailen #latvia


Paul Silbert <msilbert@...>
 

The surname Bailen is a matronymic (ie. derived >from the mother's name)
meaning "son of Beile" in Russian. It probably comes >from the eastern
areas of Belarus, which was part of the former Grand Duchy of
Lithuania. In those areas an estimated 1/3 of all Jewish surnames were
matronymics.

Paul Silbert
Perth, Western Australia

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