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Explanation/translation of name recorded in Polish #poland #translation


relly800@...
 

Entry on JRI gives last name for Izrael Warschawski who died in Plock in 1863 as: LEWIN VEL WARSZAWSKI
Can anyone explain what VEL means and what his relationship to LEWIN is? 
Thanks
Relly Coleman
 


judygolan@...
 

Relly,

"Vel" in Latin means "either...or"

Think of it as AKA.

Izrael used LEWIN and WARSZAWSKI interchangeably. Maybe his family was originally from Warsaw and used WARSZAWSKI (a Toponym) before adopting LEWIN as the family proper surname. But both names were used and accepted to identify this family.

Best,
Judy Golan
JRI-Poland Kielce/Sandomierz/Radom Areas Coordinator


Harry Auerbach
 

Vel is the polish equivalent of "aka", or "also known as."
 
Harry Auerbach