JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Given names: Girsh/Hirsh, Gershon #general
Stan Goodman <sheol@...>
On Thu, 25 Jan 2001 03:38:45, chaikin@... (Udi Cain)
I know that the Yiddish given name Hirsh/Girsh is a kinui for the
The Hebrew word GER, means proselyted, joined to the religion, and sinceThe above is very imaginative, but unlikely to be very close to
historical, or even mythical, truth. Indeed, it is dangerous to
attempt to derive names of Biblical characters of the Egyptian period
from Semitic linguistic roots. Not a few of these are, in fact,Egyptian names to which phonetic similarity has made it possible for
folk-etymology to ascribe Hebrew meanings, sometimes far-fetched.
Examples are Moshe, Miriam, Amos, and Jonah, none of which, with all
due respect to the Tanakh, is an original Hebrew name. Detailed
explanation of that sentence would drag this even further off-topic.
But my point is that nothing is served by attempts to hang spurious
exegetical derivations on names to which they don't belong.
Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel
NEACHOWICZ/NOACHOWICZ, NEJMAN/NAJMAN, ROKITA: >from Lomza Gubernia
ISMACH: >from Lomza Gubernia, Galicia, and Ukraina
HERTANU, ABRAMOVICI, LAUER: >from Dorohoi District, Romania
GRISARU, VATARU: >from Iasi, Romania
See my interactive family tree (requires Java 1.1.6 or better):
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