Re: Naming Conventions #names


Jill Whitehead
 

My great grandfather was called Nathan Abrahams and he came to Manchester, UK in 1867 from Suwalki town in NE Poland. He was born Chackiel Ceglarski but dropped the Ceglarski in favour of his patronymic Abraham or Abram (his father's name).  He was also known as Casper by his family (a variation of Chackiel ) in Britain and Charles by his brothers in the USA. His Hebrew name was Ezekiel. He called his first son Abraham Abrahams or Abrams after his father. 

I have no idea where the name Nathan came from, but it only appeared when he came to Britain (as far as I am aware), but he had nine children (8 born in Manchester), and his eldest grandsons were variously called Nathan or Neville, but several had the middle name Casper.

A lot of first sons were called Abraham by different parts of my family, but they were often known by their second name e.g. Abraham Harris,  or these Abraham's became variously Arthur, Albert or Arnold.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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