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Naming a child – what’s the real name.


Hello, my wife’s grandmother is of the understanding that her mother’s name was Chayalla and we should use that name. She claims that her actual name is Chayalla not Chaya. I have a strong suspicion that her name was Chaya and they just called her Chayalla. Is there any precedent or history to actually naming a child with the yiddish nickname such as Chayalla in place of Chaya?
Thank you.



It seems that the name Chayala, was sometimes used as a nickname and sometimes it was also used as a real name.
Best wishes


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