Romania SIG #Romania Re: Romanian names - Please help! #romania


Although only anecdotal, my [American] family referred
to my great-great grandmother >from Bukovina as
Charlotte however she was actually named Charna Leah
in Europe. She never came to the US, but died as a
40-45 year old in about 1864 somewhere in the
Wiznitz/Czernowitz area. Many girls in the family
were named Leah in her memory.

BTW, Charna means 'dark' just as Beila means 'white or
light'. It is a Slavic/Yiddish name and NOT the
kinnui of Leah.

On the other hand, my father's cousin's wife,
Charlotte [whose family was more Hungarian Jewish] had
the Hebrew name of Sarah. So, there's obviously more
to it.

My husband's Russian/Polish great-grandmother Lottie
was actually Zlata [Slavic for 'gold', as in coinage],
which is Golda in Yiddish.

But just as some women used Beckie as an American
replacement for the name Brucha, people start to think
that a Lottie is really a Charlotte or a Beckie is
really a Rebecca and that's how lots of family
confusion starts, especially when the cemetery stone
has to be ordered and the 'offical' name gets changed.

Just my observations,
Shellie Wiener
San Francisco, CA

Researching just in Romania: FESSLER, HOCHSTADT,


On Wed, 24 Jan 2007 11:15:03 -0500 "Irving Schoenberg"
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My grandmother was called Jennie by her friends in my
home state of Missouri. We also knew her as Charna.
Some of her granddaughters are named Sharna. She may
also have been called Charlotte. She came >from a
shtetl in Bessarabia NW of Kishinev/Chisinau (now in
the Republic of Moldova).

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