Given name Gussie #lithuania


My grandmother Augusta Harris (nee Cohen) was widely known as Gussie.
Her Hebrew/Yiddish name was Gisha.

Graham Lewis

Steve Franklin <cryptozoomorphic@...>

I have noted before that there is an extensive list of Ashkenazic given names at
the Avotaynu site, here: These are
taken >from Beider's book on the same, and are used by Avotaynu, I presume, with
permission. Under female names are listed 204 that begin with "G". Of these, the
following are similar in sound, though there is no guaranteed a less similar
name was not the origin of Gussie: Geshe, Gosye, Gusye, Gushe, Guse. In terms of
how common certain names were, though, I would suspect some variation on Gitel.

Your best bet, if you could find someone local who is willing to help, is to
have a photo taken of the tombstone, since this is most likely to have a Yiddish
name inscribed on it. Also, since she emigrated to the US first, you may want to
try to find her at the US ports of entry, since these would have a reasonable
transliteration of the original name.

To everyone who has really specific questions like this, remember, the more
information you provide, the more likely some kind soul will volunteer to do a
little "leg work" for you and see if they can find some of the details
themselves. As it is, there's little to go on.

I hope this helps a bit.

Steve Franklin

| Question: any ideas what her given name could have been as Gussie doesn't
| have the ring of a name >from the old country?
| Clive Gold

Dave Howard

Clive and others,

She might have been Gute, Guota, Guda, Guede, Gite, or a compound form e.g.
Guthelda, Gutheyl, Gutleben, etc.

According to Alexander Beider, Gute and all its various forms (derived from
German gout=good) was a very popular given name for a woman among Germand
and Jews.

Boris Feldblyum, in "Russian-Jewish Given Names" lists these names that seem
to be close to Gussie:
Gusiya - Gosiya -Gesha, Gesko, Gesya, Gis'e, Gissa, Gisse
Gustava - Gusta
Gushta - Bet Shmu'el

The dictionary says that Gussie comes >from a nickname for Augustus Ceasar.

Alfred J. Kolatch, in "The Complete Dictionary of English And Hebrew First
Names," says: That Gussie or Gussy are popular nicknames for Augusta.

I hope this is helpful.

Dave Howard

My late grandfather ... [had a sister] known as Gussie
Question: any ideas what her given name could have been as Gussie doesn't
have the ring of a name >from the old country?

Clive Gold
Zefat, Israel
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