Origins of Khvat Surname #general


Adam Cherson
 

Dear JG Researchers,

I am investigating a branch of cousins who went by the surname of Khvat (aka Chwat,
Kwatt, etc.)There are several matzevot dating >from about 1850 to 1929 in the
Okopowa Cemetery in Warsaw showing this as the family surname. My question is about
the origins of this surname.

Could this be an acronym surname or one based on a geographical origin or what?
Please bear in mind that this is a family of Cohanim so there could be a
rabbinical origin to the name as well.

Thank in advance for any insights.

Adam Cherson
NY, NY


Adam Cherson
 

I've received several responses giving Beider's definition of the Polish word
'chwat': 'plucky, dashing, and gallant'. These may apply to some instances of the
surname, but in the case of a kohanic, rabbinical family, these seem off track.

I wonder if the rabbinical Chayot (aka Chajes) surname could somehow have been
transformed across various languages, alphabets, pronunciations, and spellings into
Chwat, the Hebrew spelling of former, khes-yud-vov-tof, becoming k
hes-vov-vov-aleph-tes?

Oh well, only time will tell...

Adam Cherson
NY, NY