Re: Are "Muni" and "Munya" nicknames? For what name? #names

Ellen Slotoroff Zyroff

Myself having known a man from Galicia with the nickname "Muni," I just looked him up to see whether I could determine whether "Muni" was a colloquial form of some Yiddish middle name added to his main given name "Yisroel/Israel."

A My Heritage note entered next to the given name, "Israel" (Yisroel), of this energetic, handsome man whom I met several times and who had been a very close teenage friend of my late father-in-law, might give a hint of one possibility of the name "Muni" in Galicia.

They both grew up in Zabootiv, Ukraine. (At that time, Sniatyn, Galicia, Austrio-Hungarian Empire).
and they both had the given name "Yisroel."

They were both huge soccer fans and played a lot of soccer together as young men.

The "Muni" we knew would have been born a few years before 1920, since he was a few years older than my father-in-law.

The two "Yisroels" had an unanticipated, emotional reunion, in the late 1940s in Minnesota. There is a local newspaper article about that reunion. I'll try to track it down it down and post it. Maybe it has mention of his nickname's origin.

The person in charge of his My Heritage record writes that the name "Muni" is taken from that of "a Czech footballer."

So if our Muni had that nickname prior to WWII, it should be possible to research who the famous "Muni" Czech soccer player was.

There is also the possibility that he assumed the nickname "Muni" after WWII in England. If so, we can look for the "Muni" soccer player during that period. By the time he came to the U.S. after marrying in England, he was informally known as "Muni."

Ellen Slotoroff Zyroff

On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 10:33:46 AM PDT, sjgwed via <> wrote:

"Muni" or "Munya" are the first names for someone (a lawyer) from Skalat. The last name is Lempert or Lampert - which are my family names. They are written in the Skalat Memorial Book, which was published recently, by JewishGen. 

Are "Muni" and "Munya" nicknames? For what name? 

Susan Gordon

ZOLOTOROV (Chernigov, Ukraine; Kiev, Ukraine);
SLOTOROFF (Kiev, Ukraine)
LEVINE (Ukraine and Minsk, Belarus);
GLUSKIN (Ukraine)
LIMON (Berestechko, Volynia, Ukraine)
TESLER (Horochiv, Volynia, Ukraine)
ZYRO (Zabolativ, Ukraine) 
TAU (Zalolativ, Ukraine)
ROTH / ROT (Ataki, Bessarabia, Moldova)
BLAUSTEIN (Chernigov, Ukraine or Minsk, Belarus)

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