The name Yom Tov #lithuania #poland
However Rebecca's gravestone gives her father's name as Yom Tov and I note that others included this name apparently in honour of rabbis or others who were famous in the Jewish world. There seem to be several medieval scholars called Yom Tov in Spain, Portugal and France etc , and also in 17th century Bohemia and German states. And more appropriate to the geographical area and time, I note a Yom Tov Lipman Lipkin (1846-1876) who was born in Kovno and was the son of Rabbi Yisroel Santer, father of the Musar movement.
Does anyone else have ancestors with the name Yom Tov? And where were they from and who were they named after? And did the name go hand in hand with Jacob?
Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK
The earliest known Jew named Yom Tov lived in the Gaonic era (8th-9th centuries), and the most well known are the Tosafist Rabbi Yom Tov of Joigny (died in York massacre of 1190) and Yom Tov Lipman Heller (known as the Tosfot Yom Tov) who lived in Eastern Europe 1579-1674.
The name means “good day” or “holiday”. I suspect the origin is in a translation of a similar-meaning French or German name like Bonhomme/Guttmann (“good man”).
Aside from being named for someone with that name, it may also connote a birthday coinciding with a holiday.
My wife’s great aunt’s husband was Yom Tov Yedashkin per his son’s listed in JOWBR and Jack Yedashkin in in the 1916 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. He was born about 1973 in Russia.
He came from a long line of rabbis.
Tel Aviv, Israel
The name Yom Tov can stand on its own - it doesn't have to be combined with Jacob or any other name. I had a relative named Shlomo Yom Tov who, according to another relative was was named after Yom Tov Lipman Heller because he was a relative, but I have not been able to confirm that connection.
Ira Leviton, New York, N.Y.
(and great-nephew of Shlomo Yom Tov Lewitan)
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