From Ynetnews.com, posted Dec. 28, 2005:
How Jews Got Their Names
For all those Jews wondering where their last names came from
Edith Dinar, ESRA Magazine
In general there were five types of names (people had to pay for their choice of names; the poor had assigned names):
Gluck (luck); Rosen (roses); Rosenberg (rose mountain); Rosenblatt (rose paper or leaf); Rosenfeld (rose field); Rothman (red man); Diamond; Koenig (king); Koenigsberg (king’s mountain); Spielman (to play); Lieber (lover); Berg (mountain); Wasserman (water dweller); Kershenblatt (church paper); Stein (glass).
Assigned names (usually undesirable):
Plotz (to die); Klutz (clumsy); Billig (cheap); Drek (shit).
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