Re: Where did "Katya" come from? #ukraine #yiddish #russia #names


David Goldman
 

Hi, Gary. Katya was probably the Russian nickname, referring to the name Yekaterina, while her Jewish name was Gittel and in the US would be Gussie. Jews often had a Russian name in addition to their Jewish name. My grandfather was Yitzchak Yosef, but had the nickname of Yonya.  Similarly someone named Moshe would generically be known by the nickname of Misha. I had a great grandfather named Zvi Hirsh. His Russian nickname was Grisha. His wife was Bella, but her Russian nickname was Betya or Betochka,
David Goldman
NYC

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