In as earlier "Newark Memory"
titled "Recalling Third Ward Family Name Changes in the 1920s
and 1930s", I discussed the old Third WArd as a melting pot
for thousands of immigrants from the shtetls of Eastern Europe who
clung to the family names they brought with them.
However, as their American-born children completed high school,
many proceeded to higher education and ultimately went into business,
teaching, the health professions -- even into politics and the world
With their upward mobility, they began Americanizing their Jewish-sounding
family names and I included a list of scores of such changes.
Another Jewish Name Curiosity
As the children of the old Third Ward and environs grew up in mostly
Yiddish-speaking households, it was fairly common for their sons
to continue to address relatives and friends -- and in many cases
business and professional colleagues who were fellow Jews, by their
Jewish first names.
Even as they rose to success in their business and professional
life, this custom continued. As I myself, have displayed this type
of camaraderie, I feel that the best way to explain it is that it
is a sort of affectionate or brotherly bond between fellow Jews,
as well as an expression of our common roots.
In this entry, I have searched my memory and discussed with friends
and former Jews from the once-thriving Newark Jewish community this
phenomenon and ask for their recollections of such Jewish first
The list following, in alphabetical order is a representative sampling
Jewish names and nicknames, along with their matching given American
I have assembled this list as a 'labor of love', with help from
friends, as a tribute to Newark's once-thriving Jewish community
-- a community which no longer exists, except in the fading memories
of its survivors.
||Jewish First Name or Nickname
||Abe, Abele, Boomie, Vroom
||Yankel, Yankele, Yusheh
|Jerome, Joel, Julius
||Leibka, Lazar, Lemel, Labe, Lebel
||Moish, Moishe, Meyer
||Nachum, Naphthali, Nissle, Nissen
||Feyvel, Pinky, Pinchas, Feyvish
||Schmuel, Schmiel, Shimmy, Samek, Shimon, Sook, Sookala
|Sol, Saul, Solomon