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
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2018 13:01:15 -0400
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=
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.