Re: Given name #lithuania


Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>
 

Clive Gold posted to the LitvakSIG mailing list as follows:

At 09:49 AM 10/15/2005 +0200, you wrote:
My late grandfather, Elhanan (Chone Leib) Matus >from Panevezys (or environs)
had a sister who went to the USA rather than to South Africa. She was known
as Gussie, was married to Herman Nathanson and live her whole life in New
York City.

Question: any ideas what her given name could have been as Gussie doesn't
have the ring of a name >from the old country?

You are right -- Gussie was an English name widely used by Jews immigrating
to the US.

An easy way to find an answer to this question is to visit the Lithuania
Given Names Data Base and to use the "Foreign-to-European Search" option
for the search expression "Gussie or Gussy" (without the quotation
marks). Specify the "Foreign Country" as "United States" and the "European
Country" as "Lithuania". This will bring up 11 hits giving alternative
Hebrew or Legal Jewish names which satisfy your criteria.

< http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/GivenNames/ >

Incidentally, you may also find it interesting to use the
"European-to-Foreign Search" option to search for the Hebrew name
"Elchanan" (without the quotation marks). You will find that the Yiddish
name Khone was quite commonly used by Jews who had been given the Hebrew
name Elchanan, just as your grandfather did. On the other hand, the
Yiddish name Leyb was completely unassociated with the Hebrew name Elchanan.

Chag sameach,

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

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