Hebrew and Yiddish names #bessarabia #usa #galicia #names

Jeffrey B. Palmer, MD

My late father was born in New York city. He told me that his Hebrew name was WulfZaiv and surname Pinkowitz. His parents were native Yiddish speakers from Bessarabia and Galicia. I think Wulf is Yiddish and Zaiv/Zev is Hebrew, and that they have the same meaning.

Was this combination of Yiddish and Hebrew common practice in Eastern Europe? Does it tell us something about his heritage?

Jeffrey Palmer
Researching Pinkowitz (Moldova)
And Harfenist (Moldova)

Harry Auerbach

Yes, this is quite common: Dov Ber, Zvi Hirsch, Arieh Leib, etc.
Harry Auerbach
Portland, Oregon


In my case:
Paternal Grandfather Yakov Koppel
Maternal Grandfather Smmuel Zanville

Harvey Weisthal
Stoughton, masachusetts


My father and a Pittsburgh rabbi that I know had Jewish names of Ariah Leib (Lion/Lion).  My Jewish name is Yitzhack Isaac.  When my grandfather told me that I thought that he was just translating Yitzhack into English.  Actually Isaac is Yiddish although Yitzhack is more common.  
Bob Malakoff
Pittsburgh, PA