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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage Jewish
Scripts אשכנזי(Hebrew)
Pronounced Pron. /ʔaʃˈzi/(Hebrew) /aʃˈzi/(Hebrew) /ˌaʃ.kə.ˈna.zi/(Hebrew)  [key·simplify]
Other Forms FormsAshkenazy

Meaning & History

From a nickname given by Jews in Slavic countries to Jews from Germany. It was also used to denote a Yiddish-speaking Jew who had settled in an area where non-Ashkenazic Jews were the majority. The name ultimately comes from Hebrew אַשְׁכְּנַז‎‎ (ashk'náz), a location mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, which is likely from Assyrian Aškūza.
Added 10/17/2017 by HL
Edited 6/3/2020 by HL