German SIG #Germany Re: [gersig]FROMMER - Found passenger list #germany

Roger Lustig

If those were the names of those people at birth, then it's extremely
unlikely that they were born Jewish. Note that these are mostly names of
first-line Christian saints, names that were not popular among Jews.
(Across the river in the Palatinate/Pfalz, Nicolaus and Catharina might
have received their given names >from the official French list of
acceptable given names, but this was not the practice in Baden.)

Converts would very likely have chosen a new surname as well. FROMMER
did exist among German Jews, but only in the eastern regions of Prussia
now in Poland. There are hundreds of FROMMERs and thousands of FROMMs in
today's Germany (see telephone directories, for instance); which is to
say that it was not in any sense a distinctively Jewish name.

Conversions *to* Judaism were quite rare, though they did happen. You
might consult the archives in Baden-Wuerttemberg to see whether they
have records of such events.

Roger Lustig Princeton, NJ research coordinator, GerSIG

On 4/23/2015 9:20 AM, Naomi Elizabeth Kasprzak wrote:
I have the passenger list I was looking for with the FROMMER family to
the US >from Europe. Thank you for those who gave helpful information!
I am a beginner to all this research.
I am still trying to find out about their lives in Germany and whether
or not they were Jewish or converted to Judaism at any point as
"German-Jew" was the oral history given to me. They were >from the
Baden region, possibly Baden-Baden, but not positive. The family
members names were:
FROMMER, Nicolaus 1795, Catharina abt 1805, Johann abt 1835, Charl abt 1840
Herrman abt 1848, Franzis abt 1826 Maria abt 1836

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