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Naming a child – what’s the real name.

Question:

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.

 

Answer:

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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