Wednesday, September 16, 2015


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

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


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

Monday, September 7, 2015


Adelson, Eidelson, Aidelson, etc.

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

Sunday, May 29, 2011


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


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


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 for yellow (gelb) and flower (blum), i.e. yellow flower .