Re: Question About Given and Family NAMES Used in Russian Marriage and ARMY Records #russia

Sarah H

Actually, Alexander was a common Jewish name among ashkenazi Jews in Russia. It’s Yiddish form is Sender.
You can probably dig deeper about its origin in Jewish history, but here is a short version for you.
In the third century B.C.E., Alexander the Great spared Jerusalem from harm. In Alexander's honor, the high priest ordered that all Jewish males born in the city for a year were to be named after the leader.”

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