JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Ashkenazim naming children for living people #general

Harold Rabbie

From: "David Goldman" < >
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:45:56 -0400
Hello, Jewishgenners.
We generally know that there is a custom among Ashkenazi Jews not to name
children after living relatives. Sephardim do name after living relatives,
although I know this practice did not exist among some Moroccan Jews.
Sorry David, you're not quite right. It's true that Eastern European
Ashkenazim generally don't name after living relatives.

But Western European Ashkenazim don't follow this custom. Case in point -
both my sister and myself, and many of our cousins were named after
grandparents who were alive at the time. We are of Dutch Ashkenazi ancestry.

Best wishes,

Harold Zvi Rabbie
Los Gatos, California

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