Belarus SIG #Belarus Re: given name mystery-MAUCIUS #belarus
Regarding Anita Drexler's inquiry,
Sometimes when I find an unusual name, I look on the
site: http://www.behindthename.com. On it, I found
the following possibilities:
1. There's the Roman name Marcius, which was derived
from the ancient Roman name MARCUS.2. There's also the ancient Roman name MARIUS, which
like MARCUS is derived >from the g-d of war MARS.
3. MAURUS is another Roman name and means "dark
skinned" in Latin. It appears that Maurice is a
version of the Roman name Mauricius, which is derived
from MAURUS.Maucius could have been a Jewish synthesis of any of
these 'traditional' non-Hebrew names. Jews were not
allowed to use biblical names in the Russian Empire
after a certain point in time so variations arose.
[I've forgotten the details but you can search the
list-serve archives to find the information.]
And I have two questions. Was your great-uncle called
"Maucius" or was it his official name and the family
called him something else? If it was what the family
called him, how was the name pronounced? MAW-SEE-US,
MOW-SHI-US? That might be a better clue.
Best of luck & keep us informed.
San Francisco, CA
Searching >from Belarus, including all spelling
variations: GARBUS, GOLEMBE, FEDER, KRAVITZ,
LEIBOVITZ, MIKINITSKY, MILLER, ROSENFELD, TURKENICH
One of my paternal grandfather's brothers was named
"Maucius". I can find no match to this name in any