JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Gravestone Name YDYDYH? #general


<< Yesterday, I visited the grave of a relative and found the
name on the stone to be "Yakov ben YDYDYH
(yud,daled,yud,daled,yud,heh) halevi". Has anyone ever heard
of such a name or nickname?>>

The name is Yedidyah, a fairly common name, quite likely biblical.

Yedid is friend; Yah is God = Friend of God. Germanizations are
Gottfreund, Gottlieb etc. The Lieber name likely arose >from a desire not
to mention God's name in vain. I assume that the name Freund may have a
similar origin at times.

Michael Bernet, New York

BERNET, BERNAT, BAERNET etc >from Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg, (Bavaria)
KONIGSHOFER: Welbhausen, Konigshofen, Furth (S. Germany)
ALTMANN: Kattowitz, Breslau, Poznan, Beuthen--Upper Silesia/Poland
WOLF(F): Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Furth, Yugoslavia, Westchester

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