Gender of my Great Grandparents #general


Julius S Cohen 1
 

I have been receiving a great deal of help >from a volunteer geneologist. He has
identified the names of three of my great grandparents as "Matis", "Judah" and
"Fugah". I am uncertain as to the gender represented by each of these names.

Any guidance will be greatly appreciated.

Julius Cohen
Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

MODERATOR NOTE: Judah was one of the twelve sons of Jacob


Stan Goodman <SPAM_FOILER@...>
 

I have been receiving a great deal of help >from a volunteer geneologist. He has
identified the names of three of my great grandparents as "Matis", "Judah" and
"Fugah". I am uncertain as to the gender represented by each of these names.

Any guidance will be greatly appreciated.

Julius Cohen
Judah, as the moderator has written, is a son of the Patriarch Jacob; you
can verify that if you can find a Bible. "Matis" is "Matthew", a name which
also appears in the Bible and elsewhere in Jewish history; you can check.
Both of these are males.

"Fuga" is, in all probability really "Feiga". This is a Yiddish name; it is
given to girls. It is female.

Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel

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Judith Romney Wegner
 

At 8:00 AM -0400 8/14/06, jscohen@umich.edu wrote:
I have been receiving a great deal of help >from a volunteer
geneologist. He has identified the names of three of my great
grandparents as "Matis", "Judah" and "Fugah". I am uncertain as to
the gender represented by each of these names.

Any guidance will be greatly appreciated.

Julius Cohen
Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

Dear Julius.

Judah is a masculine name. Your own name -- Julius -- reflects the
Hebrew name Judah. Julius is a very common Anglicization of the name
Judah (in Hebrew, Yehudah). So presumably your own Hebrew name is
Yehudah.

Judah is one of the most famous names in the Bible. As the moderator
already pointed out, he was a son of Jacob and became the eponymous
ancestor of the tribe of Judah, >from whom most Jews (other than
Kohanim or Levi'im) traditionally believe themselves to be
descended. The very word "Jew" itself comes >from the adjective
Judaean (via the Greek Ioudaios and the Latin Judaeus.

Matis is another masculine name -- most likely an abbreviation of
Mattisyahu -- usually rendered Mattathias in English translations of
the Book of Maccabees (found not in the Bible but in the Apocrypha)
where he appears as the High Priest of Modin and the father of the
Judas Maccabaeus. The New Testament version of Mattisyahu is
Matthias or Matthew.)

As for "Fugah", this could perhaps be corruption of Feigele
(pronounced Fay-ge-la) which is not Hebrew but Yiddish; if so, it
is a a woman's name. It comes >from the German word Vogel meaning
"bird" and is often a Yiddish translation of the biblical Hebrew name
Zipporah, likewise meaning bird. According to the book of Exodus,
she was the daughter of Jethro, a Midianite priest and became the
wife of Moses (incidentally, their children Gershom and Eliezer are
among many examples showing that Israelite descent in biblical times
was patrilineal, and not matrilineal at all -- that was a much later
historical development!)

Judith Romney Wegner