JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Naming a son after a brother? #general

Peter Zavon <pzavon@...>

Perhaps the son was NOT named after the mother's living brother. The son
may have been named after a deceased relative of the husband. I understand
that many Ashkenazi families followed a pattern of naming the first son
after the husband's deceased father or grandfather.

The custom of not naming a child after a living relative did not mean the
child could not be given a name used by any other relative. If that were
the case, there would have to have been a great many more Jewish personal
names available.

My grandmother named her first daughter Esther, after _her_ deceased mother.
Each of my grandmother' siblings also named a child Esther. So there were
several first cousins all named Esther. That is not much different >from the
situation Leslie describes.

Peter Zavon
Penfield, NY

"Leslie Weinberg" <> wrote in message

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Thanks once again to the tireless efforts of JRI-Poland, I have the name
of my grandfather's nephew, but there is something very strange here.
The son, born four months after the civil marriage (I guess I have to
assume there was a religious marriage earlier?) has the name Mozes,
which also happens to be the name of her own brother. My grandfather
had two siblings by my great-grandfather's second marriage, Hene and
Mozes. I know Mozes lived through the War (he was in a camp in Italy, I
was told, and came to the U.S. after the War on the ship which docked in
upstate NY). and I remember meeting him as a child. Why would a Jew
from Galicia name a son after a brother?

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