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  • Abraham Loew (deceased)
    See "Think and Thank" by Rev. Jessurun Cardozo (Oxford, 1933), page 34.
  • Bella Katz (c.1605 - 1677)
    176 harabbanit Bila e’ haGaon Chaim Katz (k”Ts) bk”k Posna v’Frankfurt, bt harosh Shmuel r’ Bezalels 1676/77 (Footnote: Her father and her husband were grandsons of the Maharal, as written in the megil...
  • Betzalel ben Yehuda Loew, [Maharal Gt.Gd.father?] (c.1418 - c.1460)
    Bezalel was supposedly the son of Yehuda Hazaken ben Bezalel Loew. But the old Yehuda has been proved to be a mistake, as he died 100 years later. So it is now unclear who the father is. See NOT Mahar...
  • Betzalel HaZaken ben Yehuda Hazaken Loew (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 ...

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.

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