Re: Valentine as Jewish Given Name - a case history #germany


Joan Lieberman <JCL-RSP@...>
 

Ellen Cleary asked about the origins of the given name "Valentine" for Jewish
men, which she has seen in the records of Reichshoffen, Alsace. There is
only one "Valentin" listed in the 1784 Census of Jews in Alsace. He was
Valentin LEVY >from Hirsingue. However, I have found early records for other
Jewish men named Valentin(e) and Veltin in American,Dutch, French,
German, Italian, Spanish, and Eastern European communities.

In 1616, a Portugiesen Jew Gabriel de VALENTZA arrived in Amsterdam. In 1654
Manuel Valensin was in Venice, and soon thereafter Emanuel VALENSIN was in Roth,
Germany, possibily the same person.

Veltin JUDAS is listed as a groom and father in records >from Blodelsheim,
Haut-Rhin, France between 1677 and 1688. There is also a 1712 Blodelsheim marriage
record for Joannes Valricus JUD.

Several years ago a Beth Hatefutsoth Museum researcher wrote to me about records
showing Valentine had sometimes been substituted for the Biblical name Pelet (one
who escapes). I have found records for a family named JOBBIN whose surname changed
to VALENTIN. Others named HELLER and HELLMANN also adopted VALENTIN.
A distant cousin on my family tree was Valentin HELLMANN of Cuba.

On a personal note, Valentine is one of the given names of my son, my father, and
my paternal great grandfather. As a genealogical novice, I ignored a factual
contradiction between 1880 U.S. census records for "Fallentin LEIBERMANN" (born
Metz, France, 1820) and wrongly assumed that a NYC marriage record for "Valentine
LIEBERMANN" (born Obergeis, Hesse, Germany, 1820) was my great grandfather.

Following the trail of the marriage record, I ended up in Bad Hersfeld,
Hesse, Germany and, with the assistance of Wolfgang FRITSCHE, discovered a
family record book, only to learn that the Prussian/German ValentineLIEBERMANN
was a Lutheran! This news put me into a strange state of identity shock, which
is one reason I have been a mute participant of this forum for several years.

Fortunately, my unconscious refused to rest - something within me knew that the
Lutheran Valentine was not my ancester. I continued my search and recently was
able to confirm that the Fallentin LEIBERMANN born in Metz, France was my great
grandfather. He left France for America in 1852.

Of all the records I have found for him, the Fallentin spelling appears only in
his 1880 census record.

J.C. Lieberman Boulder, Colorado <JCL-RSP@worldnet.att.net>

Searching: LEIBERMANN, LIEBERMANN, LIBERMANN - France and USA
LEVY, HALLER, and HALPERN - France and USA
SCHMIDT, BAMBERGER, SECKENDORF - Bavaria and USA
BITTLINGMEYER, ROCHOW - Germany and USA

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