Re: given name Chashele #latvia #names

Marcel Apsel

Don’t forget that Jewish children from the 19th century onwards had gentile names for civilian authorities and Jewish names for internal Jewish communal use and for boys especially a necessary name needed to be called for a Thora blessing.

Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who did not have specific gentile names start to use them when immigrating to the US.  Examples who are not always the same:  Mordechai can become Max, Gittel can become Gussie, Rivka can become Rebecca, Rose,  Schmiel became Sam and the classical Sean Ferguson was originating from Russia with a family name something like Forgatson (don’t catch me if this name is a little bit different), but the ‘Shoyn fergessen’ – (I forgot) was a classical Jewish joke in the 1930s.

On the other hand it often happens that people had two different first names and we see this in the files of JRI-Poland where once a mother is called Malka, a second time Channa and another time Channa Malka.   And all 3 versions of those first names were used.  So I won’t wonder if that person would use the name Annie for Channa and Regina for Malka for different purposes in the US.


Marcel Apsel

Antwerpen, Belgium

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