“Names are funny. They can tell us a lot about a person or not much at all.”
“It wouldn’t’ve worked if I’d changed the name to Bob Levy.”
And did so more than Gentiles with foreign-sounding names.
As told by their surnames.
Telltale names and positions at court.
Blame the Bible.
Jews, and others, changed their names voluntarily.
Sorkin, Dvorkin, Rivkin . . .
History, genetics, and linguistics agree.
Different languages employ different methods of generating nicknames, but they all satisfy the same two needs: to show special affection and to demonstrate special intimacy.