Zibulsky family #ukraine


My great-grandfather's surname was Zibulsky. He perished with his second wife during the holocaust. They died as martyrs, heroically, and I need information to proceed with a search. I  know is that they lived in Kodima (Kodyma?), in the Ukraine. I have not been able to find any records on their lives - or deaths. I am trying to find out given names,  birthdate (or assumed birthdate), where they may have lived prior to the war, or anything else. His daughter, my maternal grandmother, was Mania (Manya?), married to Max Gorbaty.

Cheryl Grossman
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Dr.Josef ASH

Cheril, do you know the way this surname passed from the Cyrillic spelling to the Latin one?
I ask, because Ukrainian has no word Zibulya (so what would the surname mean?).
But it has the word for onion which begins from Ц pronounced "ts".
If the surname passed through German it may explane your spelling,as German pronounces "Z" as "ts".
It is possible the search for TSIBULSKY will be more successful.
I hope.
Shabbath shalom


Thank you for your interesting etymology, Dr. Ash. My family - so far as I am aware - never made it to Germany, so I don't think that could be part of the equation, (although I could be wrong). The surname could be a nonsense word, as sometimes happened in Russia, also explaining why onion may be in there too. I know very little about the name otherwise. As for the Cyrillic spelling to Latin I don't know that either. I will take your suggestion and try to search with "Tsibulsky". (I think I have seen that spelling somewhere, too.) Thank you!

Alexander Sharon

Many Jewish surnames had Polish roots. Cybulski is probably how surname has been originally written.