Re: SEPHARDI NAMING and Ashkenasi, in England #unitedkingdom


In a message dated 5/14/2006 4:02:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< Just a note for fellow Geners about the difference
between Ashkanasi and sephardi child naming patterns
in relevence between the 2 groups,My tree crosses the
divide between the Dutch Sephardi and Polish/Russian
immigrants to London.
Please be aware that within the Dutch jews it was
common practice to name the children after there
parents while still alive as opposed to the Ashkanasi
immigrants coming in where it was a total no-no. >>

==I must add the customs of Western Ashkenasim--German, Dutch and Alsatian
Jews who settled in England and established their first congregation in 1690
just 35 years after the readmission of Jews to England. These Jews retained
the Germanic pattern by taking their father's first name as the secon element
of their name [e.g. London's first Chief Rabbi, Solomon Hirschel, was the son
of R. Hirschel Levin; as Frankfurt's Rabbi Samson Rafael Hirsch was the son
of Rafael Frankfurter] In other words, their custom was to add the father's
name to their own but did not assume their father's name.

==It was these Germanic Jews who established the rituals of Britain's United
Synagogue that remains the English standard, even after the arrival of
Polish/Russian immigrant Jews a full two centuries later (starting around 1890).

==There had been small groups of Marrano Jews in Britain >from soon after the
expulsion >from Spain/Portugal. They were given no official recognition and
were often the subjects of expulsion/repression. These may have been among
the Jews-registered-as-Christians to whom Malki Katz refers

Michael Bernet, New York

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