Theo Raphael writes:
"Bennett Muraskin compiled in 2012 some of the origins and meanings of
Ashkenazi last names."
This article was riddled with errors, mistranslations and
misunderstandings. Even the "corrected" version has quite a few errors,
and both are highly incomplete. Nor does the article actually address
the question: *How* did Jews choose surnames?
Many books have been written on this subject, starting with Leopold
Zunz's _Die Namen der Juden_ in 1837. In recent times, Avotaynu Press
has published books about surnames in the Pale of Settlement, Russian
Poland, Galicia, Germany, Prague and other places. It's a complicated
subject with answers that depend on time and place.
research coordinator, GerSIG