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Thursday, December 29, 2005

You Get What You Pay For

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

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In general there were five types of names (people had to pay for their choice of names; the poor had assigned names):

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Bought 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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