Re: Yiddish or Hebrew name for IDA #belarus #names

Michele Lock

There is a person named Jason Greenberg, who went through New York City naturalization documents for Jewish immigrants from the early 1900s, and he made note of the Yiddish names the immigrants gave as the name they traveled under, and then noted the first name they chose to use here in the US. The paper the person wrote is called "From Rochel to Rose and Mendel to Max". You can find it here:

For the name Ida, he found this 28 times in the naturalizations, and 19 times the original name for the person was Chaya (also spelled Khaje, Chaje, Haje). But the other nine times, the original names were a real mix: Gute, Hinde, Hodes, Chave, Rode, Rochel, Toybe, Yochved, and Yudes. 

In my family, most of the persons with the name Ida were originally Chaya, but I do have one Ida who was originally an Itta.

To find out for certain what your great grandmother's Yiddish/Hebrew name was, you ought to get a photo of her gravestone, which should have it shown there.
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

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