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Subject: Re: I'm looking for the surname with suffix '-witz' and their meanings
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: July 21, 2016 at 1:10 PM
Reply to: I'm looking for the surname with suffix '-witz' and their meanings by hj

Horowitz is not a son name. It is a German or Yiddish version of Horovice, a place name now of the Czech Republic. The basis of the name is hora, 'mountain'.
Berkowitz means 'son of Berek', The Yiddish for 'bear' with a Slavic diminutive ending. Bear was a substitute name for Issachar, I don't know why', and Wolf was a substitute name for Benjamin, as the biblical Benjamin was described by his father Jacob as "a ravening wolf".
Mankowitz is another -witz name, son of Manka, a Polish diminutive of Maria, also used for the Hebrew Miriam. The original Polish spelling is Mankiewicz.

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