Names based on occupations

There are a number of Jewish names based on occupation.

Below are some suggested words for your research, and their spellings, that may be found in SynaggueScribes records, often as an extension of an individual’s name.

Avoid searching words that form part of a name, such as Gold or Berg, as these will produce too many results.

Remember that these are not all ‘family names’ but frequently appear in the Hebrew names. By example: Kitty AARON married Moses EMMANUEL in 1792, her father’s Hebrew name was recorded as Zekel BrillenSchleiffer meaning spectacle grinder.

ALMANAC
APPLE
BAKER \ BEKER
BARBER
BRILLENSCHLEIFFER
BUTCHER
CAKE
CANTOR \ CHAZAN
COBBLER
CROWN \ KREIN
DOCTOR
ENGRAVER
FEATHER
FISH
FOOTMAN
FUNCTIONARY
GAITER
GLASS
GOLDSTICKER
GRINDER
HAARSCHNEIDER
HAUSER \ HEZER
HATTER
JEWELLER
KETTLE \ KESSELFLICKER
LAPIDARY
LEMON
MILK
PAINTER
PENCILMAKER (or try PENCILl)
PENCUTTER (or try PEN or CUTTER)
PICKLEMAN
POTATO
PRINTER
PULVERMACHER
RABBI
REFINER
SCHNEIDER
SCRIBE \ SOFER \ SOPHER
SECRETARY
SHAMMES \ SHAMASH
SHOCHET
SHOE
SHOMER
SPECTACLES
STOCKING
TAILOR
TASCHENSPIELER
TEACHER
VATS
WARDEN
WASH \ WASSER
WATCHMAKER
WATCHMAN

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