JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Last Names Used As Middle Names #general
What's "strange" or different about US middle names? They're simply further giventoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
names, just as one finds elsewhere.
German Lutherans often use a string of three or four saints: Anna Catherina
Theresia, for instance.
Among German and Austrian Catholics a two-name saint could be placed before the
name actually used, e.g., Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus MOZART
or his son Franz Xaver Wolfgang MOZART. Both were called Wolfgang throughout their
For truly heroic strings of given names, few can beat the Spanish.
Jews, too, sometimes gave a child more than one name, and I don't just mean the
kinnui-combinations like Yehuda Leib. Aaron Simon, Abraham Calme, Abraham David
--those are the first three examples (alphabetically) >from the Upper Silesian birth
registers I've transcribed. (In all, 32 beginning with Abraham or Aaron, none of
whom have the father's given name as their 2nd name. About 10% of all the Abrahams
My mother, born in Berlin, was Hanna Ruth Loewe, and the 2nd name was in no way a
family name or even religiously significant. (Not in her family!) It was simply a
middle name--another given name.
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research coordinator, GerSIG
Marilyn Robinson wrote:Why would a man use a last name as a middle name. I thought that a middle nameI would say these are not "middle names" in the [strange] US sense. These did and