Given name Rayler #general
tom klein <jewishgen@...>
1) She may have been given a version of the Spanish name "reina" ("queen"),
which occurs in various spellings and forms.
2) As the firstborn girl in a Sefardi family, I believe the custom is to name
her after her maternal grandmother. (the first boy would be named for
the paternal grandfather, etc.) although i'm sure there will be plenty of
exceptions to any "rule".
Tom Klein, Toronto
"Henry Best" <henry.best1@...> wrote:snip>>>>>>>>>
Judith Romney Wegner
At 2:40 PM +0000 12/12/06, Henry Best wrote:
I have a female ancestor named Rayner (spelled with "n" not "l"),
who was likewise of Dutch Jewiish background). "Rayner" could
easily be mis-heard or mis-registered as "Rayler."
I have also met a Jewish woman named "Rayner" which I assume may
be a Dutch girl's name -- though perhaps with a different spelling
Judith Romney Wegner.
My grandmother was registered at birth with the given name Rayler,
I believe (I've got to get her birth certificate to be certain).
She appears on at least one UK census with that name.
On another UK census, she is down as Raylia.
During the time I knew her, she was always called Ray by her family.
She always insisted, when asked, that her given name was Raylia and not
Her parents were both of Dutch Sephardi origin but were both born in London,
so would have spoken good English.(Her mother is known to have spoken
English without any trace of a foreign accent).
This would tend to discount the possiblity that the name was a spelling
I've never seen anyone with either of those given names on any other tree
and I've never heard either of the names elsewhere.
Is it unique to her (and one of her descendants), or does anyone in the
group have a similarly named ancestor?
The reasons I ask are
1) She was the firstborn child and, therefore, it is likely that she was
named after one of her ancestors.
Henry RAYmond Best [LONDON]