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Subject: Re: Tailors
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2004 04:02:32 EDT
In a message dated 08/06/2004 08:41:38 GMT Standard Time,
Abraham and Isaac were just as popular with the non-jewish population as
they were with the Jewish, as were all biblical names which turn up time and
time again during the many eras of our history when the Bible was a very
important part of people's lives, so I dont think one can say that a person
was Jewish if they had one of those names.
My guess is that they are more likely to be Nonconformists. Protestant
Dissenters were very fond of Old Testament names
I have an ancestral branch in Lancashire (later Co Durham) where half the
members seem to be either Abraham, Isaac or Sarah. But I have no reason to
think they are Jewish. Indeed in the 19/20C one of them (my maternal
gt-grandfather) became a Commissioner in the Salvation Army.
Mike Stone - Peterborough, England
For the strength of the hills we bless thee, Our God, our fathers' God.
Though hast made thy children mighty By the touch of the mountain sod.
Thou hast led thy chosen Israel To freedom's last abode
For the strength of the hills we bless thee Our God, our fathers God.