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Surnames Believed to Be of Davidic Descent

This is a partial list of family names that trace their descent back to King David. It is important to note that through the course of years and trails through many countries, variant spellings and pronunciations have evolved for many of the names.

Disclaimers:

  1. Omission of a family surname from this list does not exclude descendants.
  2. Inclusion of a surname does not necessarily guarantee descendancy from King David. For example: The descendancy of the Maharal of Prague is now in question.
Abarbanel*
Adler
Alter/Rotenberg
(Ger Chassidim)
Altshuler
Ashkenazi
Auerbach
Averels/Everels
Babad/Heschel*
Bach
(descendants of Sirkes)
Bachrach
Beharier
Berdugo
Berlin/Berliner
Bernstein
Biederman
Birnbaum
Breslav Chassidim, Nakhman
Burstein
Caro/Karo
Charif
Charlap*
Chayes/Chayut
Cohen (various families)
Dayan*
Don Yechia/Ibn Yechia*
Edels
Ehrenreich
Ehrlich
Eichenstein
(Zditchov Chassidim)
Elfandari
Enzel
Epstein*
Falman
Fishel
Freidensohn
Frenkel/Frankel*
Frenkel-Teomim*
Friedland
Friedman (Rizhin, Sadagora etc. Chassidim)
Fuchs
Ginzburg/Gunzburg
Glickman
Goldman
Gombiner
Gordon
Halberstam(ZanzChassidim)
Yisroel Karduner Halpern
Meshulam Shraga Feivish Halpern
Yehuda Leibish Halpern
Heilprin/Halperin*
Heller*
Helman
Hertzkes
Heschel/Babad*
Hillel and the Nesi’im*
Horowitz/Hurwitz
(various Chassidim)*
Ish-Zvi
Isserles/Isserlin*
Itinga/Ettinger/Ittingen
Jaffe/Yoffe* / **
Kalb
Kalmankes
Kalonymus*
Karo/Caro*
Katz (Maharal of Prague)
* / **
Katzenellenbogen*
Klauber
Klausner*
Klingberg
Landau
Lau
Levinsohn
Lichtenstadt
Lichtenstein
Lifshutz/Lipshitz
Loeb*
Loewenstam
Lowe*
Lubarsky
Lukashevesky (Lux)
Lurie/Luria*
Maharal of Prague * / **
Malavski
Margolioth
Margulies/Margolis
/Margaliot*
Meisels*
Mintzberg
Mirels
Mirkes
Morgenstern
(Kotzk Chassidim)
Moskowitz
Yisroel Dov Odesser
Oknovski
Openheim
Paprosh
Parnas
Pereles
Peretz
Polak
Posner
Rabinowitz
Rapaport*
Rashei Galut (Exilarchs)
male descent from David*
Rashi (descendants of daughters)*
Reines
Roffe
Rokeach (Belz Chassidim)
Rotenberg/Alter
(Ger Chassidim)
Roth
Rubin (Horowitz)
(Ropshitz Chassidim)
Rubinstein
Sabatka
Safrin
Sassoon*
Schneurson
Schneurson
(Lubavitch Chassidim)
Schol
Schorr*
Segal (descendantz of “Taz”)
Shachor/Charny/Shwartz
Shapiro/Shapira.Spiro/Spira*
Shealtiel/Sealtiel*
Shereshevski
Shipman
Shrentzels*
Simchowitz/Simchowitch
Sirkes/Sirkin
Sonnabend
Spiro
Tamarels
Teomim/Teomin-Frenkel*
Treves/Dreyfus*
Twersky
Twersky (Chernobyl Chassidim)
Weil *
Weinberg
Weisblum
(Lizhensk Chassidim)*
Widslawski
Winkler
Zak
Zaslovsky
Avrohom Zorach
Zifferstein
Zinger

* Primary Families  **Further Research Required

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