Jewish and non-Jewish families sharing the same last name: LEWAK #belarus


Dave Lewak <dlewak@...>
 

Hi,

I've discovered an interesting little mystery concerning my surname,
LEWAK.

I've discovered a set of Lewak families who are not Jewish, instead
they are Roman Catholic, and come >from the Lvov area of Poland.
My own family is Jewish, and comes >from Drohiczyn, in what is now
southern Belarus. The distance between Drohiczyn and Lvov seems to
be about 150 miles.

I've contacted one of the Roman Catholic Lewaks, who still has family
in Poland; he says that Lewak is an uncommon name there.

How common is it for Jewish and non-Jewish families to share the same
last name?

I know that the name means "Left-handed" in one language (Yiddish or
Polish or Russian, not sure which); since it has a generic meaning
I'm tempted to write off the coincidence as coincindence.

Can anyone think of any reason why the Jewish and non-Jewish families
might have the same origin?

Thanks -- Dave Lewak
Berkeley, Ca, USA

Belarus: LEWAK (LEVAK?), DWINSKI, GOLDBERG, KIER (>from Drogichin);
FLAKSMAN (>from Pinsk).
Ukraine: MISHURIMAN, POLISHER, FLICKSTEIN, TOBERMAN (>from Balta, and
maybe Odessa)
Galicia: WINZELBERG, WERTHEIM (>from Chekhoif?)
Lithuania: LIEBERMAN (>from Balbieriska)


Mario Jeifetz <mjeifetz@...>
 

My gggfather Boruch TRUMPER lived and died in Mstibovo, Volkovysk.
I have found a lot of non-Jewish people surnamed TRUMPER around
the world, but a few of Jewish ones. Also I have not found any
(except one) Trumper searching in All Belarusian Database.

I guess some migration history involving Great Britain and Holland
to Lithuania, but I have not proofs.

May be the mystery of same surnames in Jewish and non-Jewish people
is one of the several reasons that help us to understand how after
more than 2000 years of persecution we are alive, and trying to dive
in our past.

Mario Jeifetz
Moises Ville-Argentina
Searching for:
NOVICK-REJOVITZKY-TRUMPER, Volkovisk, Mstibovo and Liskow, Belarus;
JEIFETZ, BOGOPOLSKY >from Israilovka(Grabarivka), Ukraine;
JESION, STOLEK, NAVRY, SZKLAREK, Plock,Poland.

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Dave Lewak wrote:
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I've discovered a set of Lewak families who are not Jewish, instead
they are Roman Catholic, and come >from the Lvov area of Poland.
My own family is Jewish, and comes >from Drohiczyn, in what is now
southern Belarus. The distance between Drohiczyn and Lvov seems to
be about 150 miles.
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Beth & Bill Shea <bshea@...>
 

Greetings!

My paternal grandfather's family (surname GURLO) was Russian
Orthodox here in the U.S., although the name is a Jewish surname
in Belarus. It is a very uncommon name in the U.S. Interesting
that my grandfather was a tailor and spoke fluent Yiddish.
He never talked about the "Old Country."
I always figured that perhaps our branch of the family tree
converted >from Judaism to Christianity.
I don't know when, however.

Best wishes,

Beth Gurlo Shea
Springfield, Illinois
Researching the GURLO family of Minsk, New York City, and Chicago.

----- Original Message -----
From: Dave Lewak
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I've discovered a set of Lewak families who are not Jewish, instead
they are Roman Catholic, and come >from the Lvov area of Poland.
My own family is Jewish, and comes >from Drohiczyn, in what is now
southern Belarus. The distance between Drohiczyn and Lvov seems to
be about 150 miles.
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