Judy Kaufman <judykaufman7@...>
I found on a Chabad.org page that "Two siblings should not share the same name. This to prevent the effect of an 'evil eye'" - so my question comes down to whether or not male and female versions of the same name are covered under this prohibition - due to the following:
I have a great-grandmother Nechama SCHIMAYATSKY from Chernihiv, Ukraine. A person with a pretty close DNA connection to me has a great-grandfather Menachem SCHUMIATSKIJ from Baturyn, Chernihiv. They were born a few years apart. Nechama's father as listed on her death certificate is Moses; Menachem's father's name (from Menachem's gravestone) is Benyamin Moshe - so they could or could not be the same father. We are assuming that Nechama and Menachem are the female and male versions of the same name. If related names like this were never given to siblings, then we will conclude they were cousins. If male and female siblings could be given essentially the same names, they could be siblings.
FRIEDMAN (still figuring it out, likely Lithuania)