Origin of girl's name "Seiva" #romania #yiddish #names

Aline Petzold

The name  "Seiva"(Scharf ) is listed on Ancestry.com as the mother of a family friend whose letter I found while researching family letters. The letter in question was written from Botosani, but the writer's relatives and my grandparents both lived Stefanesti Romania and immigrated to Montreal before WW2.  I am wondering if anyone has seen the name "Seiva" before, whether is is Yiddish, Romanian or Hebrew and also what the English equivalent of the name might be?  BTW: the writer's father is listed as "Moise" and I have found a newspaper reference to a "Morris" (Scharf) who lived in Montreal during that time.

Aline Petzold St. Paul MN

Nevet Basker

I haven't seen "Seiva," but here's a person in my tree (Galicia, 1800s) named "Schewa" whose Hebrew name was Batsheva.

--Nevet Basker (Bellevue, WA)
Researching: Zolkiew, Brody, Uhnow, Rawa Ruska, and vicinity
Names (spellings vary): Basechis, Laubfeld, Klughaupt, Lieberman

Zev Cohen

My maternal grandmother from Czernowitz was called 'Sheiva' or 'Sheive', a Yiddish diminutive of the biblical Hebrew name 'Batsheva'. 'Seiva' might be an alternative spelling.

Zev Cohen

Yitschok Margareten

Just to add a note. 

The following Hebrew names would be nicknamed Sheva and Shevy (apparently Seiva and Sheiva too):
1) Sheva 
2) Bas-shehva/Batsheva
3) Elisheva

Yitschok Margareten 

Mark Halpern

Given names in all areas of Eastern Europe were the same or similar. I searched the JRI-Poland database for Seiva and similar spellings and the results were: 

Seiva 4
Siva 1
Seiwe 14    (in Polish the "w" is pronounced like our "v")
Siewa  93
Siwa 117

I think your Sieva is a real, but not common given name.

Mark Halpern

David Lewin

At 17:09 09/10/2020, nevet@... wrote:

I haven't seen "Seiva," but here's a person in
my tree (Galicia, 1800s) named "Schewa" whose Hebrew name was Batsheva.
--Nevet Basker (Bellevue, WA)Researching:
Zolkiew, Brody, Uhnow, Rawa Ruska, and
vicinityNames (spellings vary): Basechis, Laubfeld, Klughaupt, Lieberman
Or Elisheva ?

David Lewin

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>

One of my ggrandmothers was one of 20 children born to a couple in a tiny town. On each of the 20 birth records, her name was different. She was Reis, Rachel, Regina, Rosa, every other R name you can imagine except Rebecca, and Teresa. My ggrandmother was mostly Rachel, but she married as Regina, who was also a sister.

You can't tell what name or names is the 'proper' one. Maybe the woman had a Hebrew name and maybe not.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

Peninah Zilberman

U should consider also a different spelling
Tzvia, female for the being named after masculine Tzvi
Which is a deer, for a male was usually Hersh
Where from Romania?
Good luck
Peninah Zilberman

Fundatia Tarbut Sighet


Ziva (or Ziv) is a woman's name in Hebrew, meaning "Splendour, Radiance"

Ann Belinsky

Daniel Bargman

Sheive is the Yiddish name of my grandmother, from Hebrew Bat Sheva (Betsabe)

Daniel Bargman