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I have here an entry in a Jewish birth registry from Bohemia with a Johanna Kafka (last one on the left side, entry No. 244) even in two versions: http://www.badatelna.eu/fond/1073/reprodukce/?zaznamId=160&reproId=1408337 and http://www.badatelna.eu/fond/1073/reprodukce/?zaznamId=159&reproId=1408146

Below her name there is a quoted middle name (using the |: … :| quotes which are used in various contexts) which I cannot decipher or seems unusual to me. Is it Schewa? I speak Czech and German and I have never heard of such a name.

Cropped picture of first/middle name

Cropped picture of first/middle name from duplicate

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    JewishGen's given names database is giving a 503 error, hence comment rather than answer: it may be her Yiddish name. (Various users of Behind the Name indicate that Schewa is a German Yiddish variant of Shevye, from Hebrew Sheva', compare Elisheva and Batsheva.) – JPmiaou Mar 12 at 16:14
  • After realizing that this is a Jewish baptismal record I also find @JPmiaou's interpretation that it is of Hebrew origin quite plausible. – nebulon42 Mar 12 at 19:28
  • BTW, looks like I came across it being used as a first name: badatelna.eu/fond/1073/reprodukce/… (first entry on page) – phk Mar 13 at 20:03
  • @JPmiaou Do you want to write an answer I can accept? – phk Apr 19 at 17:32
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It seems likely that it's her Yiddish name.

Various users of Behind the Name indicate that Schewa is a German Yiddish variant of Shevye, from Hebrew Sheva', compare Elisheva and Batsheva.

(JewishGen's "Given Names Data Base" is once again giving a 503 Service Unavailable when I try to search it, but in the brief window when it was working, it failed to cough up anything for "Schewa", so Behind the Name it is.)

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This may be a family's "dit" name or "Beiname", an aka ("also known as"). I've seen such surnames put between the pipe and colon pairs. There are other instances of the practise on the linked record images.

Doubled surnames are often found where multiple families with the same surname need to be distinguished. These names sometimes evolve over generations, splitting further or switching positions, so keeping track of them is important.

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