family name meanings #names

Carol Sage-Silverstein

My maiden name is Wahrsager (variant is Varzager, Warsager, Voorsager).  It means soothsayer or fortune teller.  However I believe that Jews are prohibited from fortune telling so I'm curious to how that name came to be.  The origins are in Bendzin and Lvov area (Sambor, Turka, Skole).  Any ideas?

Eva Lawrence

The literal translation of your name is simply true (wahr)  speaker (Sager), ie. teller of truth. Soothsayer is merely a secondary or implied meaning.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

Bob Silverstein

And have you thought about the origin of Silverstein?


It means Pyrite, a metal in form of a stone that is used for jewelry.
Also, the color of pyrite is the same as the silver.
Alejandro Rubinstein
Mexico City

Bob Silverstein

On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 11:17 AM, <alejandro@...> wrote:
Alejandro, the original name was Tzipershteyn and this family changed it to Ziperstein, Silverstein and Selverston.


If it accurately translates to a fortune teller or soothsayer as an ancestor's profession it could be that the family wasn't very knowledgeable or observant of Jewish law. An opposing possibility could be that it refers to a mystic Rabbi. There have been many rabbis and kabbalists (especially amongst sefardim and Chassidim) in the past and possibly some today who are said to have mystic abilities that do not violate these prohibitions.
Binyamin Kerman
Baltimore MD