JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: "leben" following child's name #general


The word indeed means "life" or "to live". It was the custom to add the word
after the name of a loved person, when writing down genealogical data or as
an endearing form when addressing a loved person or at the beginning of a
letter, especially when addressing one's children, also in the form "kind
[child] leben." In this context it meant "dear as life" or "loved as life."
The expression was used in Yiddish as well, all over Eastern Europe.
Best wishes,
Yocheved Klausner
Beer Sheva

From: Lewis F. Lester, Sunday, December 13, 2009
Recently translated hand-written notes about family births, visits & deaths
(late 1800s & early 1900s) in fancy German script >from my old family Siddur
followed each child's name by the word "leben" ...The very kind person
who translated this >from ViewMate is not Jewish and was himself puzzled by
the seeming out-of-context occurrence of this word. Any ideas?

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