Re Koma and Sandak #hungary


Just a small additional point on these two words which in the genealogical=
and Jewish traditional context have pretty much the same meaning and use: =
both refer to the person who is the "godfather" and/or the person who holds=
the baby at the bris, and as our Moderator explained, is usually a relativ=

Koma is a Hungarian word (though probably with Slavic origin) and in addit=
ion to the "godfather" or Sandek meaning, it is often used as a general co=
lloquial expression for any relative among Jews and non-Jews alike (and som=
etimes even a non-relative but close friend, a bit like "buddy").

Sandak (sandek) is Yiddish / used in Hebrew also - not sure to what degree =
it was used in early Hungarian vital stats records but those of you working=
with them will know.=20

Judy Young
Ottawa =20

Subject: Koma/Sandak-meaning
From: gopublic@...
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2018 13:01:15 -0400
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Hello - Here is a very basic question.
In reviewing Hungarian birth records on JewishGen, I see in the comments "K=
oma:" and "Sandak:" followed by a name. What is the meaning of these two te=

Thank you,
Julie Weisman
New York

Researching REINITZ
KLEIN >from Mikofalva & Magyarlapos

Moderator: Koma means godfather and the sandak or sendak is the person who =
holds the baby at his bris. We list the name because this person is typical=
ly a relative who may be the baby's grandfather, an uncle or, sometimes, th=
e baby's father.

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