The name "Alter" #names #poland


One of my relatives in some documents is named "Alter" Kukuk in Poland in about 1850.  In another document he seems to be named "Efraim" Kukuk.  I'm wondering whether the name Alter was maybe given to him in his older age, something like an "elder"?   Yet, his grandson was named Alter Kukuk and kept that name even though he came to the US at 18 years old.  Any thoughts?

George Frankel
San Francisco

Researching:  Fish, Rudner, Zahler,  from Radgoszcz, Biskupice, Brzostek, Tarnow, Dabrowa Tarnowska,

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