JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Zorach or Soroch as given name #general


Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>
 

Stan Hertzbach wrote as follows:

"What is the origin of the given name Zorach or Soroch? Is the name unusual
or associated with a specific geographic origin?

My reason for asking: I've usually seen my father's Hebrew name (George
HERTZBACH) written as Zorach. The birthplace (1867) of my ggfather is given
as Kurland in the 1920 census, and there is a Soroch Moses HERZBACH in the
Courland Vendomosti Database in 1859 & 1860."

The Hebrew name Zorach is found in the Bible, Genesis 38:30, where Zorach
was the name of Yehuda's son.

This Hebrew name has a number of Yiddish kinuim (nicknames): Zarakh,
Zhurakh, Zorakh, Zorekh, Zorokh, Zorukh, Zurikh,.... And the Yiddish name
Sorokh is probably related to this name as well. This Hebrew name was not
a widely-used one, but it was to be found in the Baltics and in Lithuania.

There is a good chance that the Sorokh that was found in Kourland was
indeed the grandfather of Mr. Hertzbach's father -- an example of a
grandson named after his deceased grandfather. But other supporting data
would be necessary. Was the Hebrew name Moshe found among your ancestors?

Shabat shalom,

Prof. G. L. Esterson, Ra'anana, Israel
Gerald.Esterson@...

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