JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen New Book: Dictionary of Sephardic Given Names #general
Mathilde Tagger's legacy to Jewish genealogy continued even after her death
last December. At that time, she and Avotaynu were working on her next book:
Dictionary of Sephardic Given Names. Fortunately she made final corrections
before her death, and now Avotaynu is able to publish her final work.
Dictionary of Sephardic Given Names contains nearly 2,000 Sephardic given
names that have been compiled by the author >from hundreds of sources.
A typical entry includes:
* Name: In the case of a variant or a diminutive, the root name is
* Gender: Masculine or feminine-not always obvious >from the name
* Etymology: The origin of the name.
* Variants: When they exist, they are part of the root name entry.
* Place: When a name is peculiar to a specific geographic area, the
area is indentified.
* Source: The source where the name was found.
* Diminutives: If existing, they are part of the root name entry.
Additional information and how to order can be found at
Dictionary of Sephardic Given Names is the fifth book Avotaynu has published
of value to people tracing their Sephardic Roots. Remarkably, Ms. Tagger has
authored or co-authored three of them. The five books are:
* Sephardic Genealogy: Discovering Your Sephardic Ancestors and
Their World. Winner: Best Judaica Reference Book (2002) by Association of
* Dictionary of Sephardic Surnames (Dicionario Sefaradi de
Sobrenomes). Winner: Best Judaica Reference Book (2003) by the Association
of Jewish Libraries.
* Dictionary of Sephardic Given Names
* Guidebook for Sephardic and Oriental Genealogical Sources in
* Dictionary of Bulgarian Jewish Surnames
In addition there are many Sephardic-related chapters in Avotaynu Guide to
MODERATOR NOTE: This constitutes the JewishGen Discussion Group's one-time
mention of a commercially available product.