Re: Would a boy and a girl in the same family ever both be given essentially the same names? #ukraine #names

Emily Olson

In my family, there was a gggf named Szmul Borenstajn, 1798-1846, from Luposzno, Poland, who was a rabbi and teacher and honest and otherwise fabulous man. He had at least 6 children. He had a grandson named for him after he died. The grandson, Samuel Borenstajn, had seven children. Three of the children had sons named Samuel Bernstein. One of the Sams was quite a bit older, but my father and his cousin, both Sam Bernsteins, were about a year apart in age. When the cousin turned 21, he changed his name to Gary Burns. He was thereinafter known as “The Gary Burns Sam Bernstein”.

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