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Posted by: Phillip Applebaum (ID *****0871) Date: October 22, 2009 at 11:28:52
In Reply to: Surname PISTOR/PISTORA by Betty Catherwood of 6356

Betty, these names are not Jewish. Pistor and Pistoria are not names of Ashkenazi Jews, nor do they appear among lists of Sephardi Jews. As for Emmanuel, being Hebrew, of course it is common among Jews, but in Christian tradition, Emmanuel also is another name for Jesus, hence its use among Christians.

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