Q: What is the origin of the name Yarmovsky?
A: Alexander Bieder's book, A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire, shows Yarmovskij as a name found in the voting districts of Vilna, Novogrudok, Slonim and Zhitomir with a reference to see Irmes. For Irmes, it is indicated that the derivation "is from the given name Irmiya ('irmye' in Yiddish). The original Hebrew form of this given name is 'jirmijohu' (Jeremiah 1:1)." Yarmovskij is shown as a variant of the given name of Ermiya ('yermye' in Yiddish). In Alfred Kolatch's book, The Complete Dictionary of English and Hebrew First Names, the listing for Yirmeyahu states "From the Hebrew, meaning "God will raise up." In the Bible (Jeremiah 1:1), the Prophet who along with Isaiah was a giant among the Prophets of Israel. Jeremiah is the Anglicized form...Yeremai and Yirmeya are variant forms." To summarize, Yarmovsky is a variant of the male given name (i.e., first name) Yirmeya or Ermiya, which itself is a variant name of Yirmeyahu. It appears to be correct to say that Yarmovsky is derived from the Hebrew form of Jeremiah. In Alfred Kolatch's book under Jeremiah, it is noted that "Jeremiah is one of six Hebrew Prophets whose name is mentioned as a personal name in the Talmud."
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the surname Yarmovsky related to each other?
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