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Sima=sister?? #general


A. E. Jordan
 

Does the word Sima have a meaning or is just a name? What is the word for
sister in Yiddish? I am trying to solve a puzzle between a woman named Pearl
and a woman my family refers to as Sima. They seem like the same person but I
am wondering if they were or not.

Thanks for your help.

Happy new year to all!

Allan Jordan
aejordan@aol.com


Mike Lipsie <Mike_Lipsie@...>
 

MBernet@aol.com wrote:

As we have discussed here at length, it is not unlikely that a
woman--or a man--had two personal names and used them interchangably.
Is this a "recent" or "new world" phenomenon?

I ask because my grandfather, his wife, and all of his children had two names
(Charles Benjamin, Henry Isaac, Ruth Pescha, ...) but everything I have found
on my great grandfather only shows one name (Simon). This seems to be true
for both the Hebrew and "American" names.

Thanks for any enlightenment.

Mike Lipsie

MODERATOR NOTE: Have you read FAQ #17 on Jewish names on
our web site?


MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 9/21/98 11:21:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Aejordan@AOL.COM
writes:

<< Does the word Sima have a meaning or is just a name? What is the word for
sister in Yiddish? I am trying to solve a puzzle between a woman named Pearl
and a woman my family refers to as Sima. >>
==Sima, especially in Sephardic families, is often Simcha, a Hebrew name
meaning Joy. As we have discussed here at length, it is not unlikely that a
woman--or a man--had two personal names and used them interchangably.

Michael Bernet
New York


MarkGrekin <markgrekin@...>
 

Yiddish word for sister is "shvester" or "shwester"
First name "Sima" was and is used by Jews and Russians in Russia.
I don't know if there are any Jewish meaning to this word but I do know that
when Russians use it, it's a demunitive form of the Greek name Seraphima.
Mark