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Given name "Motchi" #lithuania

David Gordon
 

For years, I have dutifully included in my family tree an individual with the given name "Motchi."  That was how it was provided to me by a great-aunt, now long dead.  When pushed for more information, either about the name, the person, or the person's history, she knew nothing.  She knew (from stories) only of a given name that sounded like Motchi.  I've never made any headway at all discovering who this person was. 

Recently, I made contact with another family member who also had the name Motchi in his tree, backed by a similar oral tradition.  To make things even more complicated, in my version, the name belonged to a woman.  In his tradition, it was a man's name.  The only thing both traditions agree on is that this person, whoever he or she was, lived in Lithuania in the early to mid-19th century.  Even the last name is uncertain. 

Despite valiant efforts to discover a more "formal" name that this might be a nickname or other version of, we have both come up empty-handed.  Can anyone help us decipher the name?  Or even the right gender?  Thanks in advance.

 

David Gordon
tiganeasca /at/ gmail
Chicago, Illinois (USA)
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earching: 

GORDON: Butrimonys, Eisiskes, Daukniunai; HORWITZ: Smolevichi, Lapichi
GEBALOVITCH: Borisov; DRAZIN: Bobruisk

BENENSON: Borisov; HURWITZ: Gomel

 

 

 

Alberto Guido Chester
 

I strongly recommend all genners to read the Given Names Database in the Jewishgen website.
It´s one of the old constittuonal works of this group and it seems a little forgotten, in my humble opinion.
By the way, there are tonnes of knowedge in the Jewishgen archives which have accumulated over decades which could help both newbies and experienced researchers.
As an infofile in the nineties said with wisdom, "my" family file is not waiting for any of us,but help from previous researchers can be of good use.
Regards
    
Alberto Guido Chester
Buenos Aires, Argentina


Avrohom Krauss
 

“Motchi” is a male name.
The Hebrew male name ‘Mordechai' is commonly pronounced by Yiddish speakers as ‘Mordcha' or Mordcheh.”’
If the subject in question is female, there is a similar sounding female name to the nickname of Mordechai. The female Yiddish name ‘Mattl’ (pronounced ‘Mahtl) sounds similar to the male name “Mottl.” (But “Motchi” would not be used for a female)
Hope this helps explains the confusion of gender.
Avrohom Krauss
Telz-Stone Israel

Rose Blitzstein Elbaum
 

Sounds like a nickname for the man's name Mordechai. Other versions are Motti, Mottel, Mottke.



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-------- Original message --------
From: David Gordon <tiganeasca@...>
Date: 2/11/20 1:52 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [JewishGen.org] Given name "Motchi" #lithuania #names #givenname

For years, I have dutifully included in my family tree an individual with the given name "Motchi."  That was how it was provided to me by a great-aunt, now long dead.  When pushed for more information, either about the name, the person, or the person's history, she knew nothing.  She knew (from stories) only of a given name that sounded like Motchi.  I've never made any headway at all discovering who this person was. 

Recently, I made contact with another family member who also had the name Motchi in his tree, backed by a similar oral tradition.  To make things even more complicated, in my version, the name belonged to a woman.  In his tradition, it was a man's name.  The only thing both traditions agree on is that this person, whoever he or she was, lived in Lithuania in the early to mid-19th century.  Even the last name is uncertain. 

Despite valiant efforts to discover a more "formal" name that this might be a nickname or other version of, we have both come up empty-handed.  Can anyone help us decipher the name?  Or even the right gender?  Thanks in advance.

 

David Gordon
tiganeasca /at/ gmail
Chicago, Illinois (USA)
S
earching: 

GORDON: Butrimonys, Eisiskes, Daukniunai; HORWITZ: Smolevichi, Lapichi
GEBALOVITCH: Borisov; DRAZIN: Bobruisk

BENENSON: Borisov; HURWITZ: Gomel

 

 

 


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Rose Blitzstein Elbaum
Potomac, MD