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By Mathilde A. Tagger
882 surnames showing etymology and spelling variants. Softcover.

Dictionary of Bulgarian Jewish Surnames

  • This book identifies 882 surnames used by Jews in Bulgaria. Each surname entry identifies its original language, a full reference for biblical, Talmudic or Mishnaic names, and a full meaning and reference to a medieval Spanish source when appropriate. Bulgaria was a melting pot for Jews. The various origins of these surnames are the result of waves of migration to Bulgaria from Bavaria, France, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Russia and Ukraine. A brief overview of Bulgarian Jewish history explains the origin and meaning of these names.

    Typical entry:

    Arditi {also Adut, Ardit, Ardot} (Spanish or Italian) Toponym of Roda, Catalonia province, Spain, meaning “from Roda”. Surname found 1387 in Barcelona. (Reference: Madurell Marimon, Jose M. “El arte de la seda en Barcelona entre judios y conversos.” Sefarad 1965, 25, 2:247–281). Derives from ‘ardito’ meaning ‘bold.’


    7" x 10" 104pp. softcover $30.00



    Map of Bulgaria
    Bulgaria: The Main Events in Her History
    Unique Rescue of Jews of Bulgaria During World War II
    Bulgarian Jews and Their Surnames
    Nature of the Jewish Bulgarian Surnames
       Linguistic Origins
    Language Distribution of the Surnames
    Building the Dictionary
       Printed Material
       Archival Material
       Medieval Spanish Sources
    Dictionary of Bulgarian Jewish Surnames

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