What’s in a name? Unravelling the Mystery of Jewish Migrations Through Onomastics
January 24 at Noon CST
Dr. Beider uses onomastics and linguistics as tools to unravel the history of the Jewish people. He has written the definitive series of reference books dealing with the etymology of Jewish surnames, all published by Avotaynu Inc. His books cover Jewish surnames from the Russian Empire (1993, 2nd revised edition in 2008), Prague (15th-18th centuries) (1994), the Kingdom of Poland (1996), Galicia (2004), Maghreb, Gibraltar, and Malta (2017), and Italy, France and “Portuguese” Communities (2019). His Dictionary of Ashkenazic Given Names (2001) is considered the new standard work in the domain. Beider is also the designer of the linguistic part of the Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching method of computer-based searches for equivalent surnames.
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