JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Article on Jewish Naming Practices #general


Great piece on Jewish Naming Practices, especially Naming After and
possible Misnaming when people use the everyday Yiddish familiar name
they knew a person was called instead of the actual formal Hebrew name
by Calvin Trillin in the Lives end section in today's New York
Times Magazine. Entitled "A Kusel by Any Other Name" you can find it
online at

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I especially enjoyed this piece because I once advised some relatives
that if they were going to give their son a name after a relative,
a Hebrew name should be the original Hebrew name, and not the Yiddish
diminutive they were used to hearing him called.

I also enjoyed this piece because I read it shortly after the name of
my newest grandson was announced this Shabbat at his Bris as Yehuda Tzvi
HaCohen. My youngest descendant was named by his parents for his
earliest known ancestor, his paternal 3rd great grandfather, Yehuda
Tzvi HaCohen, who had lived in Lithuania in the mid to late 1800s.
Of course, the only verified source for this name is the Hebrew name
on the matzeva for his 2nd great grandfather in a Baltimore cemetery
as Mordechai ben Yehuda Tzvi HaCohen, but as his wife and 4 sons were
pretty observant I would think they would have gotten the Hebrew name
engraved correctly...

Judi Langer-Surnamer Caplan
Long Beach, NY

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