Diana da Costa
I am mystified by the fact that my great-great grandmother chose to give her
sister's name to her daughter when her sister was still very much alive! I
always thought that generally speaking Ashkenazim named after the deceased,
not the living, and I was wondering whether anyone has any ideas as to why
one should name one's child after a very much alive sibling?
The facts are my great-great grandparents, Frances (nee DITTMANN) and Ludwig
HIRSCHMANN, married in February 1875 in New York. Both DITTMANN and
HIRSCHMANN families originated >from Bavaria. Their firstborn was a son but
their second was a daughter who they named Marie, my great-grandmother, who
was born in 1877. Frances, born in 1855, was the eldest of six children,
the youngest of whom was Marie, born in 1872 (and died in 1933) and so only
five years older than her niece.
All ideas gratefully received with many thanks!
Diana (MOHR) GOMES da COSTA, Kent UK - formerly >from London
Researcher number: 166938
Researches include ARNSTEIN, BACH, BASS, BERLIN, COHN, DITTMANN, FLACHFELD,
GUETERMANN, HAHN, HELLMANN, HIRSCHMANN, KOHN, KRAILSHEIMER, KUGLER, LOEWI,
MANES, MARX, MENDEL, MORGENTHAU, MOHR, ROSENWALD, UHLMANN, WEIKERSHEIMER and
ZIRNDORFER - all originally >from Bavaria