What are common Hebrew or Yiddish names for the English name Louis? Would this be Loeb or Levi or others?

  • Yiddish or Hebrew ? Your example gives both. – eramm Feb 5 '14 at 17:45
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    @רבותמחשבות There is ongoing discussion here (judaism.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4225/… ) about whether name questions are on-topic. The moderator who closed this question holds that they are not. It seems many others hold that they are. – SAH Apr 8 '18 at 21:52
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    @JJLL This is absolutely fantastic; thank you so much. It makes me think my grandfather's name was probably Leib. Also thrilled to find that one passenger on the ship had the same unusual Hebrew name and kinui pair as I do – SAH Apr 9 '18 at 0:54
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    I’m glad the info was helpful SAH – JJLL Apr 9 '18 at 23:39

YMMV, but the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe wrote that there was a "Pierre Louis" (an assimilated Jew from France) who visited Harki. The town was Chassidic, and it happened that one of the townsmen visited the Baal Shem Tov in the interim.

The Baal Shem Tov then instructed Rabbi Nissan to go to Pierre Louis and tell him that he was of Jewish descent; that his name was really Pesach Tzvi, after his mother's grandfather; "Pierre" being the French name for ''Pesach," and "Louis" for "Levi," for he was a Levi.

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    Where does Tzvi come from in the story? – WAF Feb 5 '14 at 18:43
  • @waf it looks like his real name was pesach tzvi halevi. – Shmuel Brin Feb 5 '14 at 18:54
  • @ShmuelBrin How did the Previous Rebbe know about the "Tzvi" in his name? That is the part I don't get, if the "Louis" is supposed to reflect "Levi." – SAH Apr 8 '18 at 21:39
  • @ShmuelBrin Also, please see my comment on the original question. If you have any insights on that, I'd greatly appreciate hearing them. – SAH Apr 8 '18 at 21:41

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