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The name Weisz


Rabbi Elchanan Lewis

13 Kislev 5765
My children are researching their father’s family and a great-great-greatgrandmother was named Dorothy Weisz. Is this strickly a Jewish name? Dorothy was born in Germany. Thank you for any information you can give us.
Shalom,. I am no authority on Jewish genealogy but Weisz is definitely a Jewish name. Can it also may be a non Jewish name I don’t know. Dorothy is not a Jewish name but it is very common for Jews in Germany to hold a non Jewish first name.
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