Re: Are "Muni" and "Munya" nicknames? For what name? #names
Henry Carrey Boston,MA . Carey/Kirzhner/Berestyaner , Belous , Isenberg - Lutsk ; Postolov/Herman/Kolovsky-Zhitomir
From looking at the Jewish Given names data bases in Jewish Gen and Ancestry for several countries such as Russia, Poland and Ukraine , the most common male Hebrew names for Muni/Manya/Moni/Munke Mendl came out as
Emanual , Menachem , Mordechai and Asher . I could find only Marina as a female variant of Manya but no Yiddish or Hebrew derivation. .
if Manya is a common nickname in Slavic countries for Maria or Marina , it might make sense that a Jewish woman might be given a non-Jewish local name like my friend , the singer Masha Benya , who was born at the beginning of the 20th century in Lithuania . They might have been named after a relative named Miriam , Mirl or even Malka.
Henry H. Carrey