JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Named for More than One Person? #general

Stan Goodman <SPAM_FOILER@...>

On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 06:30:59 UTC, (Fran Segall)

Could someone please tell me if Jewish children are ever given a given-name for
more than one person? My Hebrew name is Feige. My mother's grandmother and my
father's grandmother were both named Feige. Both died many years before my birth,
although I don't know the years. I have no way to know which one I was named for,
but is it possible or likely that the intention was to honor both?

Fran Segall
Manassas, VA
The custom of naming children after a departed (in Ashkenazi tradition) or
live (Sfaradi) forebear is only that, a custom or social habit. It has no
foundation in either written or oral law. Whether the parents of a child had
in mind a maternal grandparent, a paternal great-grandparent, a prestigious
personage, a Biblical character, or all of the above simultaneously, is a
question that can be answered only by interrogating the parents, and
perhaps not even thus.

Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel

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