Many moons ago when I first started this thread, I threatened to discuss a confusing name situation in the family. I ultimately decided that it was too complicated.
To hell with complicated. I'm gonna discuss it anyway--now. You may not find this all that scintillating. But pay attention. You may be tested at the end.
Every Jewish person I know, and probably a whole bunch I don't know, has a Jewish name (actually Hebrew, I think). This is not necessarily the name on their legal birth certificate. It may appear only on a Jewish birth certificate issued by a rabbi.
The name known to the English-speaking world and the name that appears on the birth certificate is derived from the Jewish name. For example, my eccentric aunt's Jewish name was Hannah Basha. Her legal name: Bessie. My maternal grandfather's Jewish name: Herschel Velvel; legal name: Harry Willie. My maternal grandmother's Jewish name: Libba Golda. Legal name: Lizzie Goldie.
When she died, I remember hearing my mother on the phone with the funeral director. Her name is not Elizabeth. It's Lizzie. Her legal name is Lizzie. Despite this, when we got to the funeral parlor, the name on the placard said Elizabeth.
My father's Jewish name was Avram Itzak--Abraham Isidore. His family called him Irving, a name that substituted for Isidore back in the old days. Actually they called him Oiving, but that's another story.
For many years, my father thought that his legal name was Isidore Abraham. Then he had to get his birth certificate. No birth certificate for an Isidore Abraham, but there was one for Abraham Isidore.
Every legal and official document he had signed in his entire life he signed as Isidore Abraham. And sometimes he signed Irving. What to do?
I encountered a bunch of affidavits from people who had known him a long time. The person Isidore Abraham is the same person as Abraham Isidore. And the person known as Isidore Abraham is the same person as Irving. Affidavit after affidavit. He changed his name legally to Isidore Abraham. The affidavits made me laugh. To complicate matters further, when he started working for the Post Office, they knew him as Isidore. So everyone there called him Izzy. A phone call for Izzy. Who the hell is that?
My Uncle Ally turned out to be my Uncle Carl. Alfred Carl was legally Carl Alfred. He had to change his name legally too.
It's not uncommon to use the second Jewish name as the first name in English (Hannah Basha = Bessie).
Not gonna test you. Not sure it's interesting. But it's been on my mind. Why? Dunno.
You should all live and be well. I gotta get back to work.