Re: family name meanings #names


If it accurately translates to a fortune teller or soothsayer as an ancestor's profession it could be that the family wasn't very knowledgeable or observant of Jewish law. An opposing possibility could be that it refers to a mystic Rabbi. There have been many rabbis and kabbalists (especially amongst sefardim and Chassidim) in the past and possibly some today who are said to have mystic abilities that do not violate these prohibitions.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD

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