Re: Help with Hebrew name pronounced CRAY-nee #names

Marc Zehngut

Thank you everyone for your emails and replies, which have all been very kind and informative.


The reply from Fredel Fruhman referred to the web page and its related web page  I think the spelling קריינע is the best match for my mother’s name.  In the audio clip I provided she also says the diminutive form קריינדל.  I have found census records that show her parents (my grandparents) were both born in Russia, and both spoke Yiddish.  On the internet I have found several gravestones with the name קריינע, some of which are Russian or for a person named Clara.


The name is Yiddish, as others have pointed out, and I apologize for asking about a Hebrew name when her name is in fact a Yiddish name.


Although I think the spelling קריינע is the best match, I am a bit uncertain about whether the final letter should be ה ,ע or א.   


I asked about Clara’s name because it is to be inscribed on a footstone for her grave in the Mount Lebanon cemetery, Queens, New York.  If anyone has any further thoughts, I am continuing to watch this discussion.  Again, thank you all for your thoughtfulness.


Marc Zehngut


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