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Loew Genealogy and Loew Family History Information

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  • Abraham Loew (deceased)
  • Betzalel HaZaken ben Yehuda Loew [4th Maharal gt.gdfather] (c.1342 - d.)
    Rabbi Bezalel (Hazaken) ben Yehuda LOEB was reportedly a descendant of King David (91 generations earlier). (See Aryeh Lifschuetz, Avoth Atarah le-Banim, Warsaw (1927) p. 163 and The ESKELES Genealogy ...
  • Betzalel Loew [Maharal father] (1480 - 1539)
    All Maharal Geanealogy is detailed hereben Chaïm LOEW (LOEB) was born about 1480. Unlike his young brothers, stayed behind to help his father and did not pursue studies in Poland. Betzalel marri...
  • Betzalel ben Yehuda Loew [Maharal gt.gdfather] (c.1418 - d.)
    Bezalel was the son of Yehuda Hazaken ben Bezalel Loew. He was Great Grandfather of the Maharal of Prague. He had a son Chaim Ben Bezalet Loew [Grandfather of Maharal]
  • Rabbi Bezalel "Charif" Loew [Maharal son #1] (c.1545 - 1600)
    Rabbi Betzalel "Charif" LOEW (d. 1600 Cologne) was the firstborn son of the Maharal of Prague, Rabbi Judah LOEW. His descendants include 7 generations of Rabbis. * Rabbi Shmuel LOEW (b. 14 Jan. 1576,...

About the Loew surname

His name "Löw" or "Loew", derived from the German Löwe, "lion" (cf. the Yiddish Leib of the same origin), is a kinnuy or substitute name for the Hebrew Judah or Yehuda, as this name - originally of the tribe of Judah - is traditionally associated with a lion. In the Book of Genesis, the patriarch Jacob refers to his son Judah as a Gur Aryeh, a "Young Lion" (Genesis 49:9) when blessing him [1]. In Jewish naming tradition the Hebrew name and the substitute name are often combined as a pair, as in this case. The Maharal's classic work on the Rashi commentary of the Pentateuch is called the Gur Aryeh al HaTorah, in Hebrew: "Young Lion [commenting] upon the Torah".

The Maharal's tomb in Prague is decorated with a heraldic shield with a lion with two intertwined tails (queue fourchee), alluding both to his first name and to Bohemia, the arms of which has a two-tailed lion.

  • Another explanation commonly found for the surname "Loew" is that it is the Germanic rendering of "Levi". There are numerous names that are equivalent to or related to Levi: Levi = Aleuy, Elvy, Halevy, Ha-Levi, Lavey, Lebel, Leblin, Levay, Leib, Leopold, Leve, Levene, Levenson, Levi, Levie, Levien, Levin, Levine, Levinsky, Levinsohn, Levison, Levit, Levy, Lewey, Lewi, Lewin, Lewinski/Lewinsky, Lewinson, Lewis, Löb, Löbl/Löbel, Loewe, Loewi, Louissohn, Lovy, Low, Löwy, Lowy, Levinson.