Sunday, May 22, 2022
Virtually via Zoom
1:00 PM EDT - 2:30 PM EDT
Learn why “Mordechai Yehuda” is also “Mortka Leib” is also “Max.” An introduction to Jewish given names (first names), focusing on practical issues for genealogical research. Our ancestors each had many different given names and nicknames, in various languages and alphabets— this can make Jewish genealogical research difficult. This presentation will teach you about the history and patterns of Jewish first names, and how to recognize your ancestors' names in genealogical sources.
Topics include: Religious and secular names; origins of given names; variants, nicknames and diminutives; double names (unrelated pairs, kinnui, Hebrew/Yiddish translations); patronymics; name equivalents; Ashkenazic naming traditions (naming of children); statistics on the distribution and popularity of given names in various regions and times; spelling issues; Polish and Russian declensions; interpretation of names in documents; and the Americanization of immigrant Jewish names: adaptations and transformations.
This program is possible through the generous support of the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation.
“Getting Ready for the 1950 Census” is a collaboration between the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center. Please register online. The program is free for JGS-Pittsburgh members and $5 for the general public. To become a member of the JGS-Pittsburgh and receive a free membership code, please visit its website at https://www.pghjgs.org/membership.
Thank you for registering to join us at “Jewish Given Names” with Warren Blatt.
We're looking forward to having you join us on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT.
You can access the event with the Zoom information below:
Meeting ID: 818 5620 1545
This information will also be emailed to you for further reference.
If you have any questions, please contact Eric Lidji, Director of the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.