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Ashkenazi Naming Conventions - Double Names #general


Simon Zelman
 

I was wondering if anyone had any information about naming conventions
when a person had two names. I'm not referring to the double names
that typically go together (Yehuda Leyb, Arye Leyb, Menachem Mendel,
etc.), but rather double names where the person was most likely named
after two people. My great x2 grandfather was Moishe Mendel Dubrovno
and his paternal grandfather's name was Mendel Dubrovno, so one of his
names is for his grandfather. Would it stand to reason that his
maternal grandfather's name was Moishe? Were there any naming
patterns, where a person with two names would take one name >from each
grandfather (as in, was this the norm)? Or could one name be >from a
person's grandfather and the second name would be >from their
great-grandfather (or uncle, cousin, etc.)?

Best,
Simon Zelman
San Francisco, CA

Researching: DUBROVNA, KANTOR, HOLZMAN, OKUN, BIALOBROTKO, LEVIN,
SLEVICH, AKHIMOV, GOLT, FLEISHER, REIZHEVICH, SHKLIAROVSKY, MIROTSNIK,
ZELMAN, GRUVER, GERSHTEYN, GITELMAN, ALPERIN, TAUB, GILBERMAN, ABRAMS


Judith Singer
 

Hi - there is a JewishGen InfoFile at https://www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/
GivenNames/ which contains a good introduction to Ashkenazi naming conventions.
Slide 7, Naming Traditions, will probably be particularly helpful to you.

With respect to your specific question, and bearing in mind that we are discussing
traditions and not hard and fast religious rules, a son would be named after his
two grandfathers only if he was the first son born after both grandfathers had
died. If only one grandfather had died at the time a son was born, the son would
likely receive that grandfather's name, but almost never the name of a living
grandfather. The second name would most likely be a great-grandfather or a deceased
uncle. There were also other sources of names, as slides 9 and 10 describe.

Judith Singer
searching CHARNY / ZARNOW / CHERNOFF, SORTAN /SORTMAN, and PALETS, all in Lithuania

Simon Zelman <zelman.simon@...> wrote:

I was wondering if anyone had any information about naming conventions
when a person had two names.