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Searching for KIRZNER in the KLN AreaKIRZNER Orthography
The name seems to derive from the German words for furrier, Kürschner or
Kuerschner. In Yiddish, Kizner denotes a hatmaker or a furrier, or perhaps even a maker of fur hats.
There are only two ways to spell Kirzner in Yiddish, which is written right-to-left. First:
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(Thanks to Field Guide to Yiddish/Hebrew Letters and Internationalized Doman Names in .museum -Yiddish for reference information used to make up these tables.)
According to Rabbi Aaron Kotler, grandson of the renowned Kletsker Rabbi of the same name, "In original Lithuanian Yiddish Kirzner is pronounced almost identical to Kershner / Kirshner. The Kirzner typically would be the hat maker versus the hat seller."
This may account for the variety of spellings we see: Kirzner, Kerzner, Kersner, Kirsner, Kirshner, Kershner, Kirchner, Kerchner, etc.
According to a Russian-speaking Belarusian informant (J. S.) , these names are generally distinct in Russian:
* courtesy of Google Translator