Re: First name of Zelik #names


Zanvel is exclusively a yiddish version of Samuel and has no relation with Zev which is Wolf in yiddish. Zelik and Zeligman is a very common name in Germanic countries. It can be found very often in Alsace as a "kinuy" for the "shem ha kodesh" Yitzhak (which has a same kind of meaning, happy). It is also found with Salomon (because of the similarity of pronounciation), or with other hebrew names less common like Azriel. The translated form Felix respond to the meaning of the name in latin.
Ref. A. Beider, A Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names, Avotaynu, 2001, p. 461-463.

Max Polonovski
Cercle de généalogie juive, Paris  

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