Family Names: Frequently Asked Questions


  • I would like to know the meaning of my family name. What should I do?

  • I found my family name in the Jewish Family Names database of Beit Hatfutsot. Is that proof that I am Jewish?

  • I did not find my family name in the Jewish Family Names database of Beit Hatfutsot. Is that a proof that I am not Jewish?

  • Can you tell me from the meaning of my surname to which tribe my family belongs or whether we are Cohanim?

  • Does your database contain information about certain communities only?