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Jewish Family Names and Their Origins: An Etymological Dictionary [Hardcover]

by Heinrich W. Guggenheimer, Eva H. Guggenheimer
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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June 1, 1992 0881252972 978-0881252972 First Edition
Jewish family names are chronicles written in code, as one historian put it, and reflect the history of the Jewish people, from the world of the Biblical patriarchs through the many countries and languages of the Diaspora, to the newly Hebraized setting of present-day Israel.

Despite their antiquity, most names of Biblical origin can be fairly easily identified; strangely enough, however, names of later periods are much more difficult to explain. Through historical research and linguistic analysis, these names too can be decipered.

This dictionary is the most complete compilation of its kind in English, containing over 65,000 family names, from the common to the exotic, for nearly every Jewish group: Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Oriental and modern Israeli. Currenly used family names are included even when their origins cannot be established. (comes in 2 volumes)

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  • Hardcover: 882 pages
  • Publisher: KTAV Publishing House; First Edition edition (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881252972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881252972
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,944,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and well designed June 25, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The dictionary is very well designed and the scope is really wide. A true reference for the researchers.

But the print quality is somehow dissapointing. I think it is the reprint of the 1992 edition but scanning done badly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not good for what i wanted June 1, 2013
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
this book was not what i wanted therefore i don't use it as much as i do the other dictionary
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