Wording on gravestone customs #general #names


barbara@...
 

 

What is the custom for engraving on gravestones? Is it  common to omit last name when referring to “son or daughter of”?
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Barbara Gilmore Silver
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Goldstein, Schultz, Brodets


Neil Kominsky
 

Most often, but not always, family names are omitted in the Hebrew inscription.
 
Neil Kominsky
Brookline, MA


Kenneth Ryesky
 

Surnames are a relatively recent innovation in human history (they came into wide use when the sovereigns needed to distinguish people of the same given name from one another for tax collection purposes).

In Jewish tradition, a person is known as the son or daughter of their mother while alive, and of their father after death (or when being called to the Torah).  On gravestones, few have the surnames (at least in Hebrew) of the father (though in Israel the stones with surnames have proliferated over the past century).

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Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@... 

Researching:
RAISKY/REISKY, ARONOV, SHKOLNIK(OV), AEROV; Gomel, Belarus
GERTZIG, BRODSKY; Yelizavetgrad, Ukraine
BRODSKY, VASILESKY; Odessa, Ukraine
IZRAELSON, ARSHENOV; Yevpatoriya, Ukraine (Crimea)


Dahn Cukier
 

Hi,

Very few I have found since  1940 in Israel omit both family names.
Either the family name or father's family name.

One I found did not have the family name, a Rabbi with only his
title as known Mordechai of Bilgoray, the family name does not appear.

Another one, a widow, remarried, but is buried next to her first husband with
his family name.

Dahn Zukrowicz

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas
(Gunsmoke)


On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 4:31:34 PM GMT+3, barbara@... <barbara@...> wrote:


 

What is the custom for engraving on gravestones? Is it  common to omit last name when referring to “son or daughter of”?
--
Barbara Gilmore Silver
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Goldstein, Schultz, Brodets