Question about SHAPIRO ancestries #rabbinic


David Goldman
 

Greetings Jewishgenners.
I seem to have discovered that I had a Shapiro ancestor >from what is now
Belarus whose name was Nota (apparently my great-grandfather's
great-grandfather). I am aware that there was a famous rabbinical family in
Poland that included rabbis with that name. Now the issue is whether this
means my family's descent >from that rabbinical family since spellings of the
last name varied among SHAPIRO, SHAPIRA, SPIRO and SPIRA, and some
"Shapiros" were identified as kohanim, which my family is not.
Any clarifications about this would be greatly appreciated since I assume
that a name such as Nota would be used in memory of a famous rabbi(s) with
that name.

Thanks,
David Goldman
NYC


Dan Rottenberg <dan@...>
 

David,

The short answer is: All those spellings derive >from the same root,
which is Spira -- meaning >from the town of Speyer. And they're
probably (but not definitely) all connected to that famous rabbinic
dynasty.

Good luck!

Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA

On Jan 7, 2018, at 8:51 AM, David E Goldman lugman@verizon.net
...I am aware that there was a famous rabbinical family in
Poland that included rabbis with that name. Now the issue is whether
this means my family's descent >from that rabbinical family since
spellings of the last name varied among SHAPIRO, SHAPIRA, SPIRO and
SPIRA...


Eric Mack
 

Was that family Levi'im, or are the Speros I know, who are Levi'im,
not related to these other families?

Eric Mack, Jerusalem

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 2:57:07 AM GMT+2,
Dan Rottenberg dan@danrottenberg.com <ravsig@lyris.jewishgen.org> wrote:

David,

The short answer is: All those spellings derive >from the same root,
which is Spira -- meaning >from the town of Speyer. And they're
probably (but not definitely) all connected to that famous rabbinic
dynasty.

Good luck!

Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA

On Jan 7, 2018, at 8:51 AM, David E Goldman lugman@verizon.net
...I am aware that there was a famous rabbinical family in
Poland that included rabbis with that name. Now the issue is whether
this means my family's descent >from that rabbinical family since
spellings of the last name varied among SHAPIRO, SHAPIRA, SPIRO and
SPIRA...