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Yiddish male given name 'Kos' #poland #names


Michele Lock
 

I'm helping a friend research her great grandfather, who had the name 'Aron Kos Szaler' on his birth (1858) and marriage (1879) records found in JRI-Poland for the town of Krylow in Lublin gubernia. He came to the US in 1920, where he was known as both Aaron Shaler  (1930 census) and Koss Shaler (New York City death record, 1941). 

What sort of YIddish name is 'Kos'? I've never seen it before. From the Jewishgen given names database, the nicknames Kosiel and Kuse come up for the Hebrew name Yekusiel, so perhaps Kos is another varient. But I'd be interested in what others think.

Thanks,

Michele Lock
Alexandria, VA

Searching for
Lak/Lock/Lok and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Gruzdziai/Joniskis Lithuania
Rabinowitch in Papile, Lith. and Riga, Latvia
Olitsky in Alytus/Suwalki, Lith.
Kalmonowitz in Minsk Gubernia, Belarus
Gutman and Zeligman in Czestochowa, Poland


yossiyagur@...
 

You may consider the name "Kohos", which is the Yiddish variant of the biblical name "Kehat".
Yossi Yagur
Israel


Yehuda Berman
 

There is a Hebrew name pronounced Catriel in modern Hebrew and Cosriel [Kosriel] in Ashekenzic Hebrew. Kos could be a nickname for Cosriel. If you know where he is buried, you might be able to see if his full Hebrew name is on the marker.
--
Yehuda Berman


yitschok@...
 

Maybe it's the Hebrew name Kehos?

Yitschok Margareten 


kosfiszer8@...
 

My last name KOSFISZER is made up of the first name Kahat (Kohos) and Fiszer. I have documents showing that  my ancestors signed their name with Hebrew characters using the two names separated, and the names were joined later on. Agree with Yossi Yagur. My ancestors were from the Lublin area. Regards.

Angel Kosfiszer
Richardson, Texas, USA


Peter Cohen
 

I will offer another possibility...Yekotiel -> in Ashkenazic Yeskosiel -> shortened to Kos. (Usual nickname is Kushel.)

Peter Cohen


Michele Lock
 

All these choices seem reasonable to me. I just checked the Polish birth record for Aron Kos, and there does not appear to be any Hebrew or Yiddish written out for his name, though his parents' names are there in Hebrew letters. I can clearly make out 'Kos' in Polish, and just those letters. The 1879 Russian Marriage record for Aron Kos does not have any Hebrew in it. I agree that viewing a photo of the New York City gravestone would answer this question. I looked on FindAGrave, BillionGraves, Jewishdata.com, and JOWBR, but no photos, though FindAGrave does confirm that he is buried as Koss Shaler at Beth David cemetery in Brooklyn. Myself, I'm leaning towards Kohos or Kosriel. 
Perhaps I should look to see if I can find other individuals in the Lublin gubernia records that have the given name 'Kos' and see if I can find their names written out in Hebrew letters in their original records.

Thanks for the responses.

Michele Lock
Alexandria, VA


Michele Lock
 

I've just done a search on Jewishgen, looking for entries in the Lublin Gubernia for the given name Kos. And I got 62 hits. I found one from 1847, where its easy to see the father's name Kos Mandel written in both Polish and Hebrew. Perhaps this will shed more light on this given name. I take it that in birth records, a father's religious Hebrew name would be used, and not his every day Yiddish name.

Thanks,
Michele Lock
Alexandria, VA



jrsackerman@...
 

In my family "Kos" or "Koas" is Yiddish for Kohas or Kohat (that name also can be Kehas or Kehat), which was the name of one of the three sons of Levi, i.e. one of the three families of Levites.

Joel Ackerman
Jerusalem
Researching Hackmeyster, Zimmerman, Isman, Brumer


yitschok@...
 

In this record it definitely says Kehos Mandel - with the H after the K. Although it's spelled differently than the Hebrew Kehos, in Hebrew there are no vowels, and in this record there is the vowel O between the H and the S, I still believe it's the Hebrew name Kehos. 

Yitschok Margareten 


Eric Mack
 

In Sefardi-accented Hebrew, "Kehos" would be pronounced "Kehat".
 
Eric Mack, Jerusalem
 


Michele Lock
 

Reading all of the above, I think that the name Kos is from Kehos/Kohos/Kehat/Kohat, from the name of one of the son's of Levi. All very interesting.

I looked on SteveMorse to see if there are any New York City death records for the given name Kos or Koss, and there are about 10 of them, all from Jewish families. So, there were a few men walking around NYC with this name.

Thanks for the help.

My friend spent 5 years off and on trying to find her great grandfather by searching exactly for 'Aron Kos Shaler' and only with that spelling. Couldn't find anything. I found him in about 15 minutes by searching census records for anyone with the last name 'sounds like Shaler' in NYC, and found Aaron Shaler living in Brooklyn, age 70 years. And using Steve Morse, found the death record for Koss Shaler. Sure, I got plenty of Schillers and Schollers, and the like, but it was safe to ignore them.
 
MIchele Lock
Alexandria, VA


Diane Jacobs
 

You can call Beth David cemetery and ask if they would photograph the tombstone.
The cemetery is in Elmont NY just over the Queens border, not in  Brooklyn.

Diane Jacobs


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-------- Original message --------
From: Michele Lock <michlock77@...>
Date: 10/6/20 8:17 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: main@...
Subject: Re: [JewishGen.org] Yiddish male given name 'Kos' #poland #names

All these choices seem reasonable to me. I just checked the Polish birth record for Aron Kos, and there does not appear to be any Hebrew or Yiddish written out for his name, though his parents' names are there in Hebrew letters. I can clearly make out 'Kos' in Polish, and just those letters. The 1879 Russian Marriage record for Aron Kos does not have any Hebrew in it. I agree that viewing a photo of the New York City gravestone would answer this question. I looked on FindAGrave, BillionGraves, Jewishdata.com, and JOWBR, but no photos, though FindAGrave does confirm that he is buried as Koss Shaler at Beth David cemetery in Brooklyn. Myself, I'm leaning towards Kohos or Kosriel. 
Perhaps I should look to see if I can find other individuals in the Lublin gubernia records that have the given name 'Kos' and see if I can find their names written out in Hebrew letters in their original records.

Thanks for the responses.

Michele Lock
Alexandria, VA
--
Diane Jacobs, Somerset, New Jersey


stillreads@...
 

My maternal grandmother's maiden name was Kvas, and I have seen thru JewishGen that it can be spelled a variety of ways when translating to English, including Koz.

Hope this is helpful.

Susan Ginsburg Brundage
SF Bay Area