This name change happened during the family’s location in Israel.

Auerbach Family (?-1933)

The original bearer of the Emanuel family was originally a Moldovan Jew who emigrated to what would become Israel.

Emanuel Family (1933-)

Emanuel (עמנואל): (Hebrew) God is with us

After his nephew’s death during a feud with Arabs, he changed his family’s name after him, which was Emanuel. It was significance because of the etymology, as though God will protect the family.

Famous descendants include Rahm, Ari, and Ezekiel Emanuel.


  • Bumiller, Elisabeth (June 15, 1997). “The Brothers Emanuel”. The New York Times. Retrieved December 17, 2008.
  • Pfeffer, Anshel; Shamir, Shlomo (November 6, 2006). “Obama’s first pick: Israeli Rahm Emanuel as chief of staff”. Haaretz.

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