Meaning of the name MOLTIANER #general


Michael Waas
 

Hi,

Following up on the recent discussion the name BOLKER, I figured I would try
resending this question again after a long period of time. My great-great
grandfather Abraham SPEIGEL (born in Tulchin in Vinnitsia) was originally surnamed
MOLTIANER. >from what I can tell >from the name and its variants, they seem to all be
centered around the modern Ukranian-Moldovian border. I know the suffix -er usually
refers to being >from somewhere, but I cannot identify any likely locations at all.
Does anyone have any ideas? I have the Hebrew spelling of the surname >from the
marriage record of Abraham's parents and 3 of his siblings, which I will certainly
send on if requested.

If anyone has any clues or ideas, it would be welcome. This name is just a complete
mystery to me, especially since it seems particularly rare. It might also explain
why my g-g grandparents with my g-grandfather and a couple others of their children
moved to Argentina for some unspecified period of time between 1909 and 1911
(Argentina is the other place outside of the US and England that the name
apparently appears once the families left Europe to go west).

Best Regards,

Michael Waas
Akko, Israel


tom
 

it's only a guess, but the similarity between MOLTIANER and Moldova may be a clue,
especially if the family moved away >from Moldova. (and in the absence of town names
in that area, beginning with "mol-".)

....... tom klein, toronto

Michael Waas <mwaas1989@gmail.com> wrote:
Following up on the recent discussion the name BOLKER, I figured I would try
resending this question again after a long period of time. My great-great
grandfather Abraham SPEIGEL (born in Tulchin in Vinnitsia) was originally surnamed
MOLTIANER. >from what I can tell >from the name and its variants, they seem to all
be centered around the modern Ukranian-Moldovian border.


Michael Waas
 

Not quite, I found it the name refers to an old name of Wallachia, but in the right
neighborhood! Makes sense now.

I am aware that the majority of Jews in Southern Romania for most of its history
were Sephardim. I do not think that this ancestral family of mine is Sephardic but
I am curious to know if anyone knows of large movements of Ashkenazim post-18th
century to areas in the Russian Pale out of Ottoman Wallachia.

Thanks for all the help I received!

Best,

Michael Waas
Akko, Israel

it's only a guess, but the similarity between MOLTIANER and Moldova may be a clue,
especially if the family moved away >from Moldova(and in the absence of town names
in that area, beginning with "mol-".)
....... tom klein, toronto