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“Leibowitz” – What’s in a name?

Posted on Dec 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

My grandfather Jacob was born in Romania.  There, he was known as Jakub Lebu.  That’s because he was Jacob, the son of Leb.  Had he been born in Germany, he’d be Jakob Liebsohn.  In Romania, the “u” at the end of the name is the same as “son” in English.

When he arrived at Ellis Island, they changed his name to Leibowitz – to make it more “American” sounding.  Now that’s pretty funny.  People tend to have a hard time with my name, even though it’s rather common now.

There are a lot of people named David Leibowitz around.  There’s a journalist in Phoenix and a stock analyst in New York.  There’s a pastry chef and quite a few physicians too.  There’s even a bankruptcy lawyer named David Leibowitz in London and a state representative named David Leibowitz in San Antonio (his middle name is McQuade – and he’s a personal injury lawyer too – very Texas) – I bet he has a black San Antonio cowboy hat and boots to go along with it.  You’re more likely to find me in hiking boots and a baseball cap.  There’s also a David Leibowitz who is an Assistant United States Attorney in New York.

People spell Leibowitz in a lot of interesting ways:

Like these:

  • David Leibowitz
  • David Liebowitz
  • David Lebowitz
  • David Lebowicz
  • David Libowich

Lots of people want the “w” in my name to be a “v” and they pronounce it that way too.  Like this:

  • David Leibovitz
  • David Liebovitz
  • David Lebovitz
  • David Lebovich

Some people think my name is “David Lee Woods” but most of those people come from the South.

In Chinese, it’s hard to say my name, so they use three Chinese utterances:

  • Li
  • Bo
  • Tze

Here are helpful hints on how to say my name:

It has three parts:

  • “Lee”
  • “Bow”
  • “Itz”

The emphasis is on the first syllable.  Most people can say these three syllables.  And most of my friends and clients can say the whole thing together too.

We at Lakelaw have had the honor to represent people of every nationality imaginable.  We are interested in knowing you and also where your family came from.  We want to know your customs and culture because we want to give you the best possible representation.  If we can, we’ll speak your language.  So just like we want you to know what’s in our names, we want to know what’s in your’s too.  One recent Saturday, we saw people from Mexico, Armenia and India as well as people of Irish and Italian ancestry. 

Lakelaw offers solutions to bankruptcy problems for  people from all over the world – no matter what your name might be.


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