Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>
On 24 October, Jordan Konisky of Houston wrote as follows:
"I am tracing a Litvak family member who lived in the Vilna area in
the mid 1850's. As listed on his daughter's death certificate, his
first name was "Chonan." I have found a record that lists a "Khone"
with the same surname (Ryndzium). Would "Khone" be a reasonable
equivalent to "Chonan"? Any chance that either would be equivalent
to "Solomon"? Any help would be grealty appreciated."
The Yiddish names Chonan and Khone are both linked together with
several other basic Hebrew names:
Khanan, Elkhanan, Elkhanan Khania, and Yokhanan
Some of the kinuim for these Hebrew names are:
Khonan, Khonon, Khana, Khona, Khone, Khuna, Khune, Khonen, Khonel,
but not all of these kinuim were used with every one of the four Hebrew
names in Lithuania.
It is quite likely that the Khone Ryndzium you found is indeed the same
person as the Khonan Ryndzium in your family.
To the best of my knowledge, the Hebrew name Shlomo is not related to
these other names in any way other than that a given newborn male might
have been given a Hebrew double name consisting of Elkhanan and Shlomo
based on the corresponding names of two different deceased
ancestors. But that does not provide any link between these two names.
Prof. G. L. Esterson, Ra'anana, Israel