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Title Test Find Jewish Last Names
Expression
^[A-Z][a-z]+(tz)?(man|berg)$
Description
Legend has it that if a last name ends in -man or -berg, the person who has that last name is Jewish. Of course there are Jewish people whose names don't follow the pattern, and there could be those whose last names end in -man or -berg who are not Jewish (or are they and they don't just know it?).
Matches
Feldman, Portman, Krentzman, Silberman, Goldberg
Non-Matches
Schumann, Damon, Pittsburgh, Landenberger
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Title: observer
Name: Mel
Date: 6/11/2008 12:20:44 PM
Comment:
"Legend has it?" "Legend?" Legend "has it" that an ark of gold exists.


Title: False
Name: names have a non-Jewish origins
Date: 4/17/2008 6:09:18 PM
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Most Ashkenazi Jews took on the non-Jewish names of their host countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asian. These names reflect those regions. The names have become almost obsolete among non-Jews, but still while many Ashkenazi Jews carry these names, the names are not semitic.


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