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


Yehuda Berman
 

There is the official name, the one on all the documents, there is the Jewish name, the one their parents gave them and used to be called up to the torah if male and on their ketuba (aka kesiba) [=Jewish wedding certificate], and the name they went by on the street. My mother and her siblings went by their Russian names which were not necessarily their official names. My uncle's Hebrew name was Eliyahu, his official American name was Louis, but the name he went by with family and friends was Alec.  When I studied Russian I learned that Alec is how the Russian name spelled Oleg in English is actually pronounced. 
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Yehuda Berman

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