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Subject: Jewish First Names
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: folmsbeep-ga
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Posted: 13 Apr 2006 15:02 PDT
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Question ID: 718650
Can Luman or a similar spelling be a jewish first name?  I know that
Lomman and other variations are Irish however, family folklore says
that this person in my family had a jewish connection. The last name
is not applicable - clearly is English or Dutch (Folmsbee). The
question is, is there any evidence that Luman or a similar spelling
could be a Jewish first name? Ignore the geneology (others have
tried). I would like to see a clear link or reference if there is a
Jewish version of this name. I think it would be cool!
Subject: Re: Jewish First Names
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 13 Apr 2006 16:54 PDT
Dear folmsbeep,

While I did not find evidence that the name "Luman" with exactly that
spelling was ever used as a Jewish first name, my research produced
interesting results with other spellings. Although
Leman/Lehman/Lehmann is normally a surname (of German origin), a
relatively small number of Jews had been given it as a male first
name. To verify this, I found the following examples:

- Lehmann Netter. Born 1826, died 1887. Buried in Epinal, France.

- Lehmann Rueff. Born 1805, died 1881. Buried in Epinal, France.

- Lehmann Adler. Died 1892. Buried in Neu-Ulm, Germany.

- Lehmann Jehuda Lämmle. Born 12 May 1793, died 30 October 1878.
Buried in Laupheim, Germany.

- Lehmann Wurmser. Born 5 March 1860, died 11 November 1937. Buried in
Neu-Ulm, Germany. This photo [1] shows the tombstone of Lehmann
Wurmser and his wife at the Jewish Cemetery of Neu-Ulm:

- Leman Loeb. Died 16 January 1919, age 25. Buried at Oakland
Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

- Lehman S. Kahn. Born 1862, died 1911. Buried at Rose Hill Cemetery,
Evansville, Indiana, USA.

- Lehman Lowenthal. Born 1877, died 1879. Buried at Rose Hill
Cemetery, Evansville, Indiana, USA.

- Lehman Tannhauser. Born 14 February 1830, died 4 March 1890. Buried
at Temple Israel Cemetery, Paducah, Kentucky, USA.

- Lehmann Dryfuss. Born 1855, died 23 October 1878. Buried at Old
German Cemetery, Jewish Section, Kirksville, Louisiana, USA.

- Lehmann Kahn. Died 17 August 1866, age 18. Buried at Hebrew Rest
Cemetery #1, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

- Lehman Cohn. Born 18 April 1855, died 26 October 1914. Buried in
Natchez, Mississippi, USA.

- Leman Weil. Buried 6 September 1893, age 3 months. Buried at
Maimonides Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, USA.

- Lehman Ullman. Died 6 December 1891, age 51. Buried at B'nai Zion
Cemetery, Titusville, Pennsylvania, USA.

- Leman Michelson. Born 16 September 1860, died 4 November 1923.
Buried in Gonzales, Texas, USA.

- Lehman Sanger. Born 26 September 1838, died 10 March 1911. Buried at
Hebrew's Rest Cemetery, Waco, Texas, USA.

- Lehman Schwartz. Born 1849, died 1884. Buried at Old Jewish
Cemetery, Hallettsville, Texas, USA.

Leman/Lehman/Lehmann is the name whose spelling comes closest to
"Luman" and which was also used as a Jewish first name. It is
interesting to note that the name itself is not of Jewish origin at
all; rather, it is a deformed variant of the German "Lehnsmann" which
means liege, vassal, feudatory. As a family name, it is very common in
Germany, but never used as a first name today. Strangely, in other
European countries, for example in France, Lehmann/Lehman/Leman is
considered a typical Jewish family name.

I can't, alas, guarantee with absolute certainty that the name "Luman"
of the person you refer to is indeed related to or derived from
Leman/Lehman/Lehmann. But it is the only reasonable connection to
Jewish names I could trace. Therefore, I hope that the information I
was able to find is interesting for you.

Best regards,


[1] Alemannia Judaica: Der jüdische Friedhof in Neu-Ulm

JewishGen  Online Worldwide Burial Registry
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