Re: The name "Alter" #poland #names

Lisa Steinberg

The name Alter is a boy's name meaning "old". Alter was originally used as an epithet for the eldest when in the company of one with the same name. Jewish parents also used it for their sons who were born sickly or after the death of an older sibling in an effort to ward off death. Men who were called Alter or Zeidel from childhood, were carrying warding names designed to protect them. "This is not the infant you are looking for Angel, this is an old man." 

Lisa Steinberg
Riverdale, The Bronx, New York
Shatz/Shatzman and Toubis from Medzhybizh, Kamieniets Podolsk, Ukraine
Segal from Porchamowycz, Poland
Ackerman from Brichany, Khotin, Bessarabia
Kuperman from Yedinitz, Khotin, Bessarabia

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