Alexander Beider's Book Gives Us Tremendous insight into the
meaning of our family names Horwitz (Horowitz, Gurevich) and Yaffa (Ioffe)
Alexlander Beider has written a wonderful reference with respect to Jewish
Surnames in the Russian Empire. He tells us where the name came from, what it means, what type of
name it is, how common it was, and where the name was found. The pages linked
from this page were taken from that book.
The references for this information is
A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire by Alexander
Beider, 1993, Avotaynu, Inc., ISBN 0-9626373-3-5 and A Dictionary of
Ashkenazic Given Names, Their Origins, Structure, Pronunciation, and
Migrations by Alexander Beider, Avotaynu, Inc. ISBN 1-886223-12-2.
Copyright © 1993 Alexander Beider.
If you would like to purchase this book or other fine works by Dr Beider you
can order through AVOTAYNU by calling 1-800-286-8296 or order from their
website by clicking here. You
can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org