Re: Question about a matzeva: is Samuel mis-spelled or is a Yiddish alternative used? #names


sharon yampell
 

My great grandfather was indeed Shmuel and in English Samuel… his brother came here with the Hebrew name of Shlomo but when he ran into a potential problem, he changed his name completely to Samuel and a different last name…for researchers unfamiliar to the story would surely be confused as to why two brothers had the same first name and different last names if they were indeed full brothers…

 

Sharon F. Yampell

Voorhees, New Jersey

 

From: Shlomo Katz
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2021 9:55 AM
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Subject: Re: [JewishGen.org] Question about a matzeva: is Samuel mis-spelled or is a Yiddish alternative used? #names

 

I had a great-uncle named Shimon (like the person whose tombstone is shown), who went by Sam.
I had another great-uncle named Shlomo, who also went by Sam.
My father-in-law is Shabse, and he too goes by Sam.
A common error in researching is to assume there is a one-to-one correlation of Hebrew and English name.

Shlomo Katz (named after the above-mentioned Sam, but do I not use that name) 
Silver Spring, MD

 

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