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Jewish first names

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 1:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 25 Jul 2012 1:08PM GMT
Hi All

I've been trying for many years to find my grt Grandfather Alexander's birth, which according to censuses took place in Birmingham Warwickshire. Extensive searches of spelling variations of the surname have come up with nothing even tho the siblings born over here were all recorded - Alexander's parents having come here from Russia or Poland.

I've also tried spelling variations of Alexander that I can think of with no luck. So I'm now wondering if Alexander may have been a form of some other first name - I've come across this many times including Alexander's siblings.

So my question is, can anyone tell me if Alexander could be part of another name or if there is a pet form/name, or maybe if another name could sound like Alexander to a Warwickshire clerk if a Russian or Polish person was registering the birth in about 1863 - the rough age date given in censuses.

TIA

Paula

Re: Jewish first names

Posted: 25 Jul 2012 6:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Maybe this will help.Alexandr could be - Shura or Alex or Aleksey.Jewish name could be - Abram,Avram,Aba. Nick.

Re: Jewish first names

Posted: 26 Jul 2012 1:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Jul 2012 1:27PM GMT
Hi nvaynberg56

Thanks very much. I tried them all and no luck.

My initial instinct has always been that if his birth is not registered here in the name Alexander which is on all the censuses that I have (or other name at birth) then he could have been born before they got here, perhaps whilst travelling here.

Paula

Re: Jewish first names

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 1:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
If census records indicate Alexander was born in Birmingham, posting his full name and a synopsis of what info you have on the Warwickshire board may result in some help with local records.

Re: Jewish first names

Posted: 27 Jul 2012 2:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Jul 2012 2:15PM GMT
Thanks but many years of searching and asking for help on message boards have all come up with the same result - nothing. Someone said that perhaps his father forgot to register him but all the children born after they arrived here were registered so why forget one child?

He must have a different name and be older than stated on census records, that's all I can come up with.

Paula

Re: Jewish first names

Posted: 29 Jul 2012 1:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
Alexander the Great had an accommodation with the Jews in the lands that he conquered. Jewish sons were given his name at the time. Although not a common name, it continued as a good Jewish name into modern times. Some Alexanders are known as Sender.

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