JRI Poland #Poland Re: Are Lachman Nachman Najman the same? #poland

Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>

Simon Richardson posted as follows:

"I'm having a little difficulty in interpreting some given names. I
wonder if anyone with greater knowledge than I can help? These
married couples appear to be the same people:

Lachman RAYCHERT + Nuche
Nachman RAICHERT + Nache
Najman RAICHERT + Niche

Is Lachman = Nachman = Najman a likely variation?
Is Nache = Nuche = Niche likely?"

Yes and Yes.

The Hebrew name Nachman and the Yiddish name Lakhman were indeed found to
have been linked, and sometimes exchanged for one another.

And the Yiddish names Nakhe, Nikhe, and Nukhe were variants of Yiddish
kinuim for the Hebrew name Nechama. That is, if a woman had the Hebrew
name Nechama and also the Yiddish name Nekhe, then in Jewish legal
documents (e.g., a Get, divorce contract), her name must be
written: Nechama haMechune Nekhe. "haMechune" is a Hebrew legal term
meaning "alias". It is possible that the woman in question may also have
used the Hebrew name Nechama.

So, it would appear that all of the people listed were the same
persons. These and other linked names can be found by visiting the
JewishGen Given Names Data Bases web site at:

< http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/GivenNames/ >

and using Global Text Search for the names "Nachman OR Nekhe" (without the
quotation marks.

Professor G. L. Esterson, Ra'anana, Israel

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