Family names #galicia

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybru@...>

If we all had family names since Exodus or before, and there were 10 lost
tribes, that would leave 2 tribes. Add a few priests who would be Cohanim,
and you get surnames you could count on the fingers of one hand-not the
plethora you see today.

Sally Bruckheimer
Buffalo, NY <davestra@...>

The topic of Jewish given names is really complicated. I'm far >from an expert
on it, but several of the names you have listed are called couplets. Dov Ber
is a couplet, since both words represent a bear (the animal). Tzvi Hersh is
another couplet, with both names standing for a deer.

I don't know if this will help you and have lost your original post but I've
sometimes found that naturalization papers (especially the Declaration of
Intention), if filed in 1906 or later, often show both the person's name upon
arrival (Yiddish name) and the American name that they adopted later.

Dave Strausfeld

"Fran Cohen" <> wrote:
I have the papers >from relatives that show the four sons of Dov Ber listed
as: Moshe Leib - Baruch Vidgor - Chaim Mordche - Tzvi Hersh

I am trying to put the English equivalent to the names that I know them as ...
MODERATOR NOTE: A worthy topic (and one that has been discussed before in this
forum). For a full discussion of "Jewish Given Names," see Warren Blatt's
slide presentation in the JewishGen InfoFiles:

Gayle Schlissel Riley

Not true. I have found in the Tarnowski family records located in
Krakow, my families' last names in the 1772 and 1791 records --
the same names used in the arrival records. So not all records are
the same.

Gayle Schlissel Riley
Tarnobrzeg web site co-ordinator

Grzegorz Gembala <> wrote:

You will barely find any pre-1800 records, due to the fact that Jews
did not have any family names at that time (just patronimica). Thus,
official BMD recording was non existent. You can search for data
mostly in aristocratic records, based on the particular property of
their respective landlords, e.g. Potocki, Czartoryski etc., but all you
will find are names lists like Moszko Rabinowicz (son of Rabbi),
Abram Jakubowicz etc. Only some important rabbinical families,
mostly of Sfardi origin did bear family names at that time.