Translation of Arye-Leyb #names


I was looking through the name index of "Journey To A Nineteenth-Century Shtetl" and found the name Arye-Leyb with "only child" in quotations. I tried to find a translation, but it looks like Arye-Leyb means "first born".
My 2X Great Grandfather was Arye-Leyb Predmestsky Ha Levi and he was the first born and not an only child.
Anyone have any information about this?
Jonathan D. Sher
Researching the following family surnames:
Schereshefsky, Treskunov, Swerdlov, Predmestsky, Sperling, Berlin

Harry Auerbach

Arye-Leyb means "lion." Arye, in Hebrew; Leyb in Yiddish.
Harry Auerbach
Portland, Oregon

Charles Hollander

Arye means “lion” in Hebrew; Leon means “lion” in Yiddish.

Best, Charles Hollander


Leib is the the Idish name for Arie.
Joseph Godelnik


Leib is the Yiddush word for Lion. In the Torah in Bereishis (Genesis) (49:9) When Yaakov (Jacob) blessed his 12 sons before he died, he blessed his fourth son, Yehuda, (Ancestor of King David) with

גּ֤וּר אַרְיֵה֙ יְהוּדָ֔ה מִטֶּ֖רֶף בְּנִ֣י עָלִ֑יתָ כָּרַ֨ע רָבַ֧ץ כְּאַרְיֵ֛ה וּכְלָבִ֖יא מִ֥י יְקִימֶֽנּוּ

"A cub [and] a grown lion is Judah. From the prey, my son, you withdrew. He crouched, rested like a lion, and like a lion, who will rouse him?"

The first word for lion at the beginning of the verse is "Aryeh" & the 2nd word used for lion at the end of the verse is "Lavie." Both words are Hebrew words for lion used till today.

The name Leib is a common Yiddish derivative for males named Aryeh or Yehuda. i.e. There was a famous Hasidic Rebbe 200 years ago Rabbi Moishe Leib of Sassov. The last Rabbi of the city of Slonim, Poland killed by the Nazi's in 1941 was Rabbi Yehuda Leib Fein HY"D.

My wife's Great Grandfather was the famous cantor/singer, Arye Leib Schlossberg (1860-1925),

 My neighbor named his son Yehuda Leib. 
In my own family tree research, I have found relatives named Yehuda Leib and Aryeh Leib, whose civil names varied between Juda, Leopold, Lipot, and Leon.

Shimon Sporn of Beit Shemesh, Israel

Researcher # 57380

Perl, Margolies, Itzkowitz, Lehrer families from Kisvarda, Fenyeslitke, Ustilug,

Leher- Rozenberg families of Hrubieszów Galicia Edmondton, London

Sporn families of Marosorozfalu, Rusii Munti, Saszreghin, Kajla, Besztercze-Naszod

Abraham & Stuhlman families from Pecsetszeg & Kozarvar
Schlossberg Family of Providence, Illukste and Polotsk

Peter Cohen

People named Leib usually ended up as Louis in the US. Of course, like all of Yiddish to English name changes, not always.
Peter Cohen

Marvin Lauwasser

Not to beat this to death, but...
I expect Yiddish Leib came from the German.
Sure enough, the German word for lion is Lowe with an umlaut over the O.
It would be pronounced something like 'loove'
Probably relates to many of the Jewish Lowe family names.
And the holding company that had MGM was Loew
so maybe the Ars Gratis Ars lion wasn't a coincidence

Marvin Lauwasser

Leon Goliger

Many Arye-Leybs were also named Leon in English (which is a direct translation).
Leon E. Goliger, M.D. 


My father Yosef Leib (Jerome Lewis) was named for his grandfather. The elder Yosef’s name appears variously on his matzevah and synagogue memorial plaque as Yosef Leib and Yosef Aryeh. 
Felice Bogus
Raleigh, NC

David Ellis

My great-grandfather Louis FINKEL was known as Leib in Belarus and Poland before coming to New York.  Only on his gravestone was his name written as "Aryeh Leib".  Four grandchildren were named for him:  Larry, Leonard, Laura and Leon.

David Ellis