JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: First name: Berko #general

Ben Ari <yrcdi@...>

I agree with all the messages of the meaning of BERKO but just mentioned
the idea as a "Kinui" as a realistic possibility as one of the messages
that I received that highschool kids actually called one of the girls in
the class whose family name was BERKOWITZ and they used to call her as a
nickname BERKO.

Yoni Ben-Ari

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From: Sally Bruckheimer <>
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Date: éåí çîéùé, ðåáîáø 23, 2000 12:30
Subject: Re: First name: Berko

A reader responded about the personal name Berko:
"What about it being aKinui for Berkovitz and the person being called that
as a first name knickname?"

Berko and Berek are diminutives for the name Ber. In Slavic languages, the
diminutive is often shown with a -k. Similarly Moshe is sometimes called
Moshek or Moshko.
-ovitz and similar endings are patronymic endings meaning, in this case,
that the person's father was Berek. Berek's son Abraham would be called
Abraham ben Berek-in Russian Abraham Berkowitz. So Berko did not come from
Berkowitz but vice versa. In this case, a patronymic can give you another
generation-the Father. Sometimes, however a patronymic is taken as an
inherited family name, so you have to be careful
Ber is usually Dov in Hebrew, so Berko was probably known in schul as Dov,
the two names mean the same thing. Of course, it is possible that Ber could
be something entirely different in Hebrew since it is not a requirementthat
the names be used together.
All these name problems are very common. I think there are probably more
name questions like this than any other topic in Jewishgen after "Can you
tell me about my ___ ancestors!"

Sally Bruckheimer
Buffalo, NY

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