JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Meaning of names Bronislava, Iona and Ioinya and Yakov #general


Judith Singer
 

The name Iona is the same as Yona; initial Is and Ys are interchangeable in Russian
transliterations. Yona is a Biblical name, Kings II 14:25. I have never seen the
spelling Ioinya but it is probably a variation, nickname, or diminutive of Iona.
Our ancestors were casual about spelling and almost endlessly creative in their use
of nicknames. Yakov is one of the versions of the Hebrew name we usually see in the
form of Jacob; its diminutive is usually Yankel (or Jankel or Iankel). Yosif is a
separate name. Bronislava is a name of Slavic origin, more often found in what was
then Czechoslovakia but also used in Russia. It may have been adopted
by assimilationist Jews who based it on the Jewish name Broniya, >from the Yiddish
for "brown".

Judith Singer

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