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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)|