JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Natan Nate #general
I suspect the "real" explanation lies buried beneath layers of customtoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
and Hebrew versus Yiddish spelling rules, but the answer is "yes."
In English, the name "Nathan" is spelled with a "th" to represent the
softer sound of the taf, pronounced as "s" by the Ashkenazim (and "t"
by the Sefardim).
"Nate" wasn't pronounced nay-t, as it would pronounced in English, but
rather nah-teh or noh-teh. And as a Yiddish nickname, even though it is
clearly connected to Nathan, it is spelled using the rules of Yiddish
spelling, using a tet rather a taf (or actually, a saf), and an ayin to
represent the vowel "eh."
tom klein, Toronto
Dan <doren@...> wrote: