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Russian-Jewish Given Names: Their Origins and Variants
by Boris Feldblyum
Based on a book
published in Russia in 1911, this work presents to the English-speaking
reader a comprehensive collection of Jewish given names used in Russia
at the turn of the 20th century--more than 6,000 names in all. These
names are also included in a dictionary of root names which shows its
etymology as well as all variants of the names identifying them as
kinnui (everyday names), variants or distortions. The introductory
portion of the book is a historical essay that reviews the evolution of
Jewish given names from biblical times through the late 19th century in
7" x 10" 152 pp. hardcover $35.00 $19.95
Introduction ixAcknowledgments xiiiSection I Origins of Russian-Jewish Given Names 1 Jewish Names Throughout History: An Overview 4 Tanakh as Prime Source of Names 4 Classification of Biblical Names by Pogorel'skij 7 Babylonian Exile: First Use of Foreign Names (586–537 B.C.E.) 13 Name Development During the Hellenistic Period (323–330 B.C.E.) 15 Roman Rule (Second Century B.C.E.–Seventh Century C.E.) 17 Name Development in the First Ten Centuries of the Common Era 18 Jewish Life and Name Development During the Middle Ages 20 Post-Spanish Expulsion Period (Sixteenth–Eighteenth Centuries) 24 Partitions of Poland and Subjugation of the Jews by Russia (1772–1795) 29 Nineteenth-Century Russian Legislation Regarding Jewish Given Names 41 Formation of Russian-Jewish Patronymics 47Section II Jewish Names Used in Russia, Including Their Known Derivations, Abbreviations and Distortions 52 Structure of Entries 52 Transliteration Scheme 54 Feminine Names 56 Masculine Names 70 Notes 90Section III List of Secular Names and Their Root Names 91 Feminine Names 91 Masculine Names 107Glossary 133Bibliography 135 Sources Cited by Kulisher 136 Archival Sources 137
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