Re: Herschel=Shumer?? #hungary

Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>

Israel Pickholtz posted on the Hungary-SIG as follows:

"We have a birth record (1893) in Kurima (Slovakia) for a person with the given
name Shumer. In real life he was known as Herschel and also Herman.

Any thoughts on Shumer as a given name?"

Aside >from a possible mistake in writing or in reading the record, two
possibilities are:

Shomer >from Hebrew "Guard/Guardian" Kings II 12:21
Shume >from Hebrew "Assessment" Chron I 2:53

Both names must have been used but sparingly in Eastern Europe. The
Hungarian Given Names Data Base (< >) shows no evidence of
these names, although I have seen the Yiddish names Shumlin/Shimlin used
in Poland as kinuim for Aleksander and Shneyur.

Professor G. L. Esterson, Ra'anana, Israel

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