KIRSNER equals capmaker? #belarus

Joyce Peck <Joycekp@...>

Can anyone help? I was told years ago by my father, whose own father was
a shoemaker, that his surname - KIRSNER - means capmaker. That
information was repeated to me just today at a family gathering. My
father, Isadore (Irving) KIRSNER, was born in Dubno, which sometimes
belonged to Poland, sometimes to Russia, depending, as someone said, on
the army of the day. His family immigrated to Springfield, Mass., in
1913. Does anyone know what language this might be or any other thoughts
on the meaning of his name? I am just beginning my search and can't go
back beyond by grandarents - so far.

Joyce Peck

Researching KIRSNER and FINESILVER >from Dubno; RUBIN or RUBINCHEK and
GOLDSMITH >from Minsk (the town I'm pretty certain).


In my research so far I have learned that my grandfather Max BERMAN, and
his brothers were originally named KIRSHNER I found this on the back of a
soundex card. I then pursued and found further documentation of the name
My family came >from SHEPTOWKA, my GGrandfather LOUIS born 1858 married
Rose STANDARD daughter of Aaron. They settled in the Chicago along with their
children Mones (Max) born 1896 was a fruit dealer, married Anna DUBINSKY
Pinie (Phillip) born 1889 was a tailor married Ida SOBEL, Abraham born 1888
who married Minnie ROSENBERG AKA Lena, and Sol (I have no info at this time)
I believe that all the brothers with the exception of Sol are buried at
Waldheim Cemetery in Chicago Illinois. Sol I think is buried in the Boston

Arlene Gillett

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Peter B. Golden <pgolden@...>

Kirzhner (with variants Kirshner etc.) >from which your Kirsner stems, means
"furrier" and "hat maker" in Yiddish. It probably referred to one who made
fur hats. Otherwise, a "hat maker" is "hitl-makher."


Peter B. Golden
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