Yiddish: Löw, Lœw (surname)

stam-adam

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Russian
Hi, how do you write Löw / Lœw in Yiddish? Or better: does anyone know how was it usually written in registers in 19-th century?
Thanks a lot!
 
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  • Demiurg

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    German
    "Löw" is derived from German "Löwe" (lion) and refers to the Lion of Judah. It's also related to Russian "Lev" (Лев).
    The yiddish spelling is לייב ("leyb").
     

    stam-adam

    Senior Member
    Russian
    "Löw" is derived from German "Löwe" (lion) and refers to the Lion of Judah. It's also related to Russian "Lev" (Лев).
    The yiddish spelling is לייב ("leyb").
    Thanks a lot.
    By the way, are you sure it's related to Russian Jewish surname Lev (Лев)? This was usually put as לעוו or ליעוו, while the given name Leyb was spelled as you wrote: לייב .
     
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    Demiurg

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    German
    By the way, are you sure it's related to Russian Jewish surname Lev (Лев)? This was usually put as לעוו or ליעוו .
    In the end, these are all variants of "lion": Leon, Leo, Lev, Leib, ... (Лев Бронштейн = Leib Bronstein).
     

    Demiurg

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    German
    Russian Jewish surname Lev (Лев) was usually put as לעוו or ליעוו, while the given name Leyb was spelled as you wrote: לייב
    לעוו is also a transliteration for "Loew". I guess it's similar to German where the last consonant is written as 'w' /v/ but pronounced as /b/ and sometimes also written as 'b': "Loeb" (or with a different spelling: "Leib").

    "Leib Bronstein" is the traditional way to write the original name of Leon Trotsky (Лев Троцкий) in German. "Leib" is the transliteration of yiddish לייב and corresponds to Лев.
    Wikipedia said:
    Löw (or Loew) is a surname of German and Yiddish origin. Another romanization of the Yiddisch name לייב is Leib.
     
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