Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Scharf

Also Sharf. German for sharp, clever. A reference to one's thinking abilities. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Bagarat


Also Bagarad, Bogorad, Bogoradovsky.
Derived from the acronym "Ben Rabbi Dovid" ( a son of Rabbi Dovid).

Monday, September 7, 2015

Adelson

Adelson, Eidelson, Aidelson, etc.

From the female name Eidel, Yiddish for noble, refined. Thus Adelson  is Eidel's son.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Fisgeyer

Fisgeyer,  from Yiddish for feet (fis) and walker (gayer), i.e. pedestrian. Perhaps the original bearer of the name  couldn'd afford to pay for transportation and thus had to walk.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Pops

From pasowy, Polish for bright red. Perhaps a reference to red hair.

Eisenkot



Yiddish for iron - eisen  and a distorted form of kop (head), i.e. Ironhead. 
Perhaps the name originator was not deemed especially astute.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Gelblum



http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_MjV4PYhQ68Y/SCh-LkbTSII/AAAAAAAABbM/xTr0XFRanLQ/s1600/Yellow+flower.jpgYiddish for yellow (gelb) and flower (blum), i.e. yellow flower .