Given name naming patterns in Latvia, 1800s-1900s #latvia

Ava Nackman

I have always been told that Ashkenazi Jews do not name a child after a living relative. However, I am wondering if there is more nuance to this general practice. For example, I have seen one Latvian family tree where a father will be named Behr (Berel) and his two sons are named Nackman Berel and Itzig Behr. I have had some research on my own family done at the Latvian Archives and in at least one instance a father, Itzik, named his first son Hiam-Isaak. Was there some practice of using the father’s given name as a middle name for a first son or something along those lines?

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