Re: * the name Alexander among Jews #hungary
tom klein <h-sig@...>
i would just like to point out that "alexander" is common enough as a jewish name, that we have at least one in our rather small shul, for instance. since greek times, jews have used the name alexander, and it is listed as a proper jewish name for the purposes of a get, etc.toggle quoted message Show quoted text
as has been pointed out frequently, secular names and jewish names are not necessarily the same (such as lajos/shlomo or erzsebet/feigele in the case of my family). i think we also have to be a little careful with the time period - prior to emancipation, i believe most jews used a hungarian version of their jewish name (mozes, salamon, izsak, etc.) , but after emancipation, many used a hungarian name, that was often *very* hungarian. (arpad, dezso, geza, and zoltan come to mind.)
in this case, i would expect alexander to be the person's hebrew name (in 1771), and later generations might have used it for either jewish or secular names.
(nu, so where did tamas come >from in YOUR family?)
....... tom klein, toronto
Tom Venetianer <tom.vene@...> wrote: