German SIG #Germany Re: corrections to INTRO---OPPENHEIMER, GOLDSCHMITT, SAMUEL, KAYYEL ... #germany

Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>

Jon Stedman posted as follows:

"It has been kindly pointed out to me that in Germany, Sally was a Jewish
man's name, short for Salomon, and the GOLDSCHMIDTs lived not at Gedern,
Hessen, but at Dreisen, Rheinland Pfalz."

Actually, there has been some confusion as to names which "sound" like the
name Sally, at least in German pronunciation (the "S" has a "Z"
sound). The German secular given name spelled Sally was used for both
women and men in Ashkenaz. This can be see by visiting the Germany Given
Names Data Base at
< >,
and using the search input "Sally OR Sali" with Plain Text search.

To my knowledge, the name spelled Sally was "never" used by Jews in Germany
as a nickname for the German secular name Salomon, but only for the two
male/female names mentioned above. It is possible, of course, that there
may have been some exceptional cases. However, the name "Sali" was indeed
used as a nickname for Salomon. Shabbat shalom,

Professor G. L. Esterson, Ra'anana, Israel
Germany Given Names Data Base is at:

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