Why Do I Have a German Last Name? And Other Mysteries of Jewish Onomatology

This month’s Moment magazine has a fascinating article by David Zax explaining the origins of Jewish surnames. For instance, I always wondered why so many Eastern European Jews have German last names, many drawn from a fairly small set of surnames that are considered distinctively Jewish. Zax’s article offers some answers:

The rest of the article has similarly revelatory passages about Sephardic names, Israeli names and more.

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