Hebrew and Yiddish names #bessarabia #usa #galicia #names

Jeffrey B. Palmer, MD

My late father was born in New York city. He told me that his Hebrew name was WulfZaiv and surname Pinkowitz. His parents were native Yiddish speakers from Bessarabia and Galicia. I think Wulf is Yiddish and Zaiv/Zev is Hebrew, and that they have the same meaning.

Was this combination of Yiddish and Hebrew common practice in Eastern Europe? Does it tell us something about his heritage?

Jeffrey Palmer
Researching Pinkowitz (Moldova)
And Harfenist (Moldova)

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