The name Wochenkind - #poland


Carol Jean Weightman
 

Is Wochenkind a first name or does it indicate something else about the new born infant?

I am finding children listed / named as Wochenkind in 19th century Jewish records from Brody.

In modern Germany, Wochenkind seems to refer to a child up to the age of six weeks.

Was Wochenkind in 19th century Poland perhaps a child who had not yet been named?

Thank you for any help.

Carol Jean Weightman


Reuven Mohr
 

this makes sense, to register a boy as 'Wochenkind', since at the time of registration, which usually happens less than a week after birth, boys have no name yet. Traditionally the name is given at the circumcision, and till then there is nothing to enter into the name column, or in your case 'Wochenkind'. I think this was more a decision of this local clerk than a general regulation.

Reuven Mohr
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