Re: Natan Noteh equivalent to one name? #names


Adam Turner
 

If "Nissan" is not equivalent to "Natan", it's news to me. As I understand it, "Nissan", "Nussen," etc. are just various Ashkenazi pronounciations of Natan (נתן). Typical standard Hebrew pronunciation is generally based on Sephardic pronunciation: the letter ת is generally pronounced as "t": "shabbat". But Eastern Europeans generally pronounce the same letter, ת, as "s": "shabbos".  So the standard Hebrew Natan is the same name as the Ashkenazi Nussen; "Nissan" is also the same, just with the vowels shifted because different Yiddish dialects pronounce vowels differently. (I think "Nissan" is more of a southeastern Yiddish pronunciation while "Nussen" is closer to Litvish, but perhaps someone more familiar with the various dialect differences can clarify this.)

For the same reason, the Hebrew name Yehudit (יְהוּדִית) also has the variations Yehudis, Hodes, Hudes, etc.

Adam Turner

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