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ICOS 2008 Conference Abstract

Names of Jews in the Medieval Navarre (11th-15th centuries)

Author(s):
L Becker
University of Trier, Germany

The paper analyses names of Jews in the rich diplomatic collection "Navarra
Judaica. Documentos para la Historia de los judíos del reino de Navarra" (Juan
Carrasco Pérez, Fermín Miranda García, Eloísa Ramírez Vaquero; vols. 1-3.2;
1994-1999) in an attempt to contribute to the so far little investigated area
of Jewish Name Studies, that is, Medieval Names of Jews on the Iberian
Peninsula. After general observations on the onomasticon of the Navarrese Jews
relating to statistics, etymological layers, differences between the names of
men and women, etc., special attention is paid to the local Romance forms
of popular names, like Muza, Juce, Ezmel, Zulema, etc.; first names of Jews of
Latin-Romance etymology, like Bueno, Abenveniste, Buenastruga (f.), Vita,
Horabuena, Sol (f.), etc.; surnames or nicknames, like Ezquerra, Falaguero,
Pesat, Gordo, Moreno, Amarillo, including professions like Argentero or
Peletero. The primary aim of the analysis is to detect the naming mechanisms
within the Navarrese Jewish community in the Mediterranean Sephardic context.

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