Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer's post #germany


Bob Weinberg <weinberg@...>
 

The article in Slate on Ashkenazi family names cited by her contains
a large no. of appropriately described derivations and a relatively
small no. of bloopers. In Germany before the adoption of family names,
women often carried a patronymic (rather than matronymic) as their
second given name; the origin of Dreyfuss -- a very old name -- if
often stated to come >from Treves rather than "3-legged"; "Berl" was
actually a male name and is not connected with Berliner; Gans was not
a name given by vindictive 19th century officials but rather a name
traceable, at least in Germany, back to the 16th century if not
earlier (e.g., David Gans, collaborator with Tycho Brahe the
astronomer). All in all, however, a pretty high score for correctness!

Bob Weinberg, Brookline MA weinberg@...
Eastern Westphalian families including WEINBERG,
FEIBES, SACHS, HEINE, GRUENEWALD, BOAS

The article in Slate on Ashkenazi family names cited by her contains a =
large no. of appropriately described derivations and a relatively small =
no. of bloopers. In Germany before the adoption of family names, women =
often carried a patronymic (rather than matronymic) as their second =
given name; the origin of Dreyfuss -- a very old name -- if often stated =
to come >from Treves rather than "3-legged"; "Berl" was actually a male =
name and is not connected with Berliner; Gans was not a name given by =
vindictive 19th century officials but rather a name traceable, at least =
in Germany, back to the 16th century if not earlier (e.g., David Gans, =
collaborator with Tycho Brahe the astronomer). All in all, however, a =
pretty high score for correctness!
Bob Weinberg, Brookline MA weinberg@...=20
Eastern Westphalian families including WEINBERG, FEIBES, SACHS, HEINE, =
GRUENEWALD, BOAS=20