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


Nancy Seibert
 

I found the same naming pattern in my family from Latvia, and it carried over for sons born in the US after the family immigrated. True for every son. Eventually, the question popped-up in another blog. One answer was that it was a practice among Prussian Jews.
My thought is that this pattern may have been an effort to preserve the traditional religious Hebrew/Yiddish naming pattern "son's given name + ben + father's given name"  after governments began to require adoption of an approved surname - but leaving out "ben" to conform to the law.

Nancy Seibert 

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