JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen ETYMOLOGY of DANN #general


Judith Romney Wegner
 

Subject: What is the etiology of the surname "Dann"
From: William Sher <>
My mother's maiden name was "Dann" I am wondering what its etiology...
I assume you mistyped -- you obviously meant to ask about its ETYMOLOGY.
The biblical Dan appears in Genesis as one of the sons of Jacob and thus
the ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel. I know one family with the
surname Dan (living in Israel, where this may be quite a common surname
nowadays).

But perhaps your DANN was an abbreviation of a longer name based on the
common biblical name Daniel. (For instance, DANIELOVICH was the birth name
of Kirk Douglas!). There's also a surname DONIN or DANIN, which could
theoretically lose its "I" somewhere along the line, so it may be worth
checking these out too.

Judith Romney Wegner
jrw@brown.edu

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