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Canadian academic Sacvan Bercovitch has an interesting first name. How did he get it? The story begins with his parents:
Bercovitch is the son of Alexander Bercovitch and Bryna Avrutik, Jews born in the Ukraine in the 1890s who grew up during a time of deep poverty, social upheaval, and periodic pogroms.
Alexander and Bryna, both “idealistic communists,” ended up having three children:
Circumstances took them to Moscow, where their first daughter, Sara (later Sylvia) was born; then to Ashkhabad, Turkestan, where their second daughter, Ninel (Lenin spelled backwards), was born. In 1926 they emigrated to Montreal with their two daughters, helped by Bryna’s brothers, who had preceded her. In October 1933 their son Sacvan (his name an amalgamation of Sacco and Vanzetti) was born.
Sacco and Vanzetti, of course, refers to the Italian-American anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who were convicted of murder (perhaps wrongly) and sentenced to death in the 1920s.
Thoughts on Sacvan?
(This one is reminding me of the Swedish baby named Alfred Zola Labori Dreyfus.)
- “Bercovitch, Sacvan.” Encyclopaedia Judaica. 2nd ed. 2007.
- Looby, Christopher. “Scholar and Exegete.” Early American Literature 39.1 (2002): 1-9.
Here’s an interesting baby name I discovered not long ago: Alfred Zola Labori Dreyfus Hultgren. He was born on January 25, 1900, in Sweden.
Where do his four given names come from?
Alfred Dreyfus, Emile Zola, and Fernand Labori — all involved in the Dreyfus Affair.
[T]he Dreyfus Affair tore France apart, pitting Dreyfusards—committed to restoring freedom and honor to an innocent man convicted of a crime committed by another—against nationalists, anti-Semites, and militarists who preferred having an innocent man rot to exposing the crimes committed by ministers of war and the army’s top brass in order to secure Dreyfus’s conviction.
Alfred Dreyfus, a French army captain of Jewish descent, was unjustly convicted of treason in late 1894. He spent nearly five years at a penal colony on Devil’s Island before getting another trial in 1899. He wasn’t exonerated until 1906.
French writer Emile Zola accused the French government of anti-Semitism (among other things) in regards to Dreyfus’s case. He was found guilty of libel in February, 1898, so he fled to England to avoid imprisonment. Zola didn’t return to France until June, 1899.
Fernand Labori, a French attorney, represented Dreyfus at the second trial. He survived an assassination attempt (he was shot in the back) during this time.
Source: Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters (quotation from book description)