End Notes
11/23/2009
Jews often adapted the naming conventions of the local population, so surnames may give you a clue to an ancestor’s origins. Use our chart to decode common suffixes and prefixes.

-son, -sohn son of (Ashkenazi)
ben-
son of (Hebrew)
ibn-
son of (Arabic)
-abi, -abu
father of (Hebrew, Arabic)
-zadeh
father of (Iranian)
-ian, -nia
son of (Iranian)
-chi
occupational suffix (Iranian)
-i
geographical locator (Iranian)
-vitch son of (Slavic, Russian)