Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

What is the etymology of the word "Kvater"? Kvater is what we call the person that carries the baby boy into a Bris.

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers

This post claims that it comes from "kavod tir" (Yiddish: honor at the door), although I haven't found this in his cited source, Ohel Rachel by R. Chaim Liberman.

share|improve this answer
add comment

According to this article, it is from the Medieval German word, Gottvater (godfather).

share|improve this answer
    
Wikipedia agrees with this one (though disagrees on the spelling... "Kvater is etymologically derived from the German Gevatter ("godfather")." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godparent#Judaism ... It is much less of a jump from Gevatter to kvater than it would be from Gottvater to kvater. –  SeanJA Jan 19 '12 at 3:02
1  
@Seanja Gevatter could be the bridge between the two. –  Seth J Jan 19 '12 at 3:09
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.