New surname search tools on Steve Morse web site #names #sephardic #austria-czech #france

Jean-Pierre Stroweis



It is often necessary to check the existence and spelling of Jewish surnames from various geographic origins. For this purpose, Steve Morse created a one-step web tool to search a name among several reference dictionaries of Jewish surnames. Two significant extensions were recently made:


The search tool for Ashkenazi reference books located at

now includes some 1,100 surnames published in Alexander Beider’s 1994 book, Jewish Surnames in Prague (15th-18th centuries), now out of print.


An entirely new search tool for Sephardic reference books is available at

It searches surnames from any of the four following dictionaries:

  1. Dicionário Sefaradi de Sobrenomes, Guilherme Faiguenboim, Paulo Valadares, and Anna Rosa Campagnano (Rio de Janeiro 2003), around 16,600 surname entries.
  2. Judíos de Toledo, 2 vols., Pilar León Tello (Madrid 1979), about 1,000 surname entries.
  3. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Maghreb, Gibraltar, and Malta, Alexandre Beider (2017). Approximately 10,840 surname entries.
  4. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Italy, France, and Portuguese Communities, Alexander Beider (2019), around 9,740 surname entries.


The tools can search the names either exactly, by Daitch-Mokotoff soundex or according to language-dependent Beider Morse Phonetic Matching (BMPM).


Both tools can also be accessed from Steve Morse root page ( under the Phonetic Matching section.



Jean-Pierre Stroweis

Jerusalem, Israel



Jean-Pierre Stroweis

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