JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Americanisation of Hebrew Names #general

MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 8/11/2002 7:15:54 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
wilsonettes@... writes:

<< I have traced family with the names Moritz, Nechame, Rifka, Yirl,
Sima and Naftali.

Moritz became Morris.
==fittingly. Morris is English for Moritz (who was probnably
Mordechai in Hebrew)

Nechame is a mystery - I have been advised it could have been
changed to Nettie?
==Nechama is a Hebrew name. It does not have a common English
equivalent. There's no telling what name she chose in the USA

Rifka became Beckie.
==Rifvka (H) is Rebecca in English, where it is often shortened to
Becky.

Yirl is a mystery.
==Gender? Nationality? Coud it be a form of Yuri? Yisroel?

Sima - I have been advised it could have been changed to Pearl, Celia
or Sylvia?
==Sima is variant (among both Sfardim and Ashkenazim) for the feminine
Heb. name Simcha ("Joy"); Among Ashkenazim Simcha (but not Sima) is
also a male name. Celia and Sylvia both start with the "sin" sound but
I see no connection with Pearl.

Naftali - is a mystery.
==No mystery at all. One of the sons of Jacob, father of the tribe
Naftali. Naftali's totem is a deer, which gave the Judeo-German Hirsch,
Herz, the french Cerf, and the Hebrew back formation Zvi. Hirsch/Herz
in America often became Henry. I knew someone in the USA named Nathan
whose Hebrew name was Naftali.

Michael Bernet, New York <mBernet@...>
seeking
WOLFF (Pfungstadt, Frankfurt/M, Koenigsberg, Amsterdam, N.Carolina);
BERNET, BERNERT, JONDORF(Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg); FEUCHTWANGER
(Schwabach, Hagenbach & Fuerth); KONIGSHOFER (anywhere); BERG, WOLF(F),
(Demmelsdorf & Zeckendorf); Shim`on GUTENSTEIN (Bad Homburg ca 1760);
FRENSDORF/ER (anywhere); MAINZER (Lorsch); anyone in Ermreuth or Floss;
GOLDSCHMIDT (B. Homburg, Hessdorf). ALTMANN (Silesia); TIMMENDORFER

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