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About the Pasternak surname

PASTERNAK

MANY JEWISH FAMILY NAMES WERE ORIGINALLY PERSONAL NICKNAMES.

THE JEWISH SURNAME PASTERNAK MEANS PARSNIP IN YIDDISH AND IN SLAVONIC LANGUAGES. THE TERM IS DERIVED FROM THE LATIN PASTINACA.

ORIGINALLY THE FAMILY NAME WAS EITHER A PERSONAL NICKNAME OR AN OCCUPATIONAL NAME DESIGNATING A GROWER OR SELLER OF PARSNIPS.

DISTINGUISHED 20TH-CENTURY BEARERS OF THE JEWISH SURNAME PASTERNAK INCLUDE THE RUSSIAN POET AND NOVELIST BORIS LEONIDOVICH PASTERNAK (1890- 1960), WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN 1958. Copyright © Beth Hatefutsoth=