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BUXBAUM Origin of surname

BUXBAUM, BUCHSBAUM

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name derives from an artificial (or ornamental) name (a made-up name often in compound of two words). The surname Buxbaum, which means "box tree" in German (Buxus), is in some cases associated with boxwood trade, in which Jews in Galicia were involved. In some cases Buxbaum was a nickname for a person or family who lived near a forest of box trees. In some cases the surname Buxbaum is derived from a medieval house-sign, as for example in the Jewish quarter (Judengasse) of medieval Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where each house had a sign, usually an animal or a flower. With time, many of the signs became fixed hereditary family names. Box tree was the sign of house no. 169 in the Judengasse, and it is possible the family occupying the house adopted the sign as a surname. In the 19th century, Buxbaum is recorded as a Jewish family name in Kiev, Ukraine.

Distinguished bearers of the family name Buxbaum include Nathan Buxbaum (1890-1943), leader of the Poalei Zion movement, who was born in Lvov, Ukraine.
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Ann Louise B. Friedman (born Bucksbaum) (b/1954), teacher editor and translator, founder and CEO of Planet Word, born in Marshalltown, IA, United States, the daughter of Matthew Bucksbaum, a real estate developer. She attended high school in Des Moines, IA. She studied at Stanford University receiving a BA in history and economics in 1975, and then at the London School of Economics earning a MA in international relations in 1976. She also holds a MA in teaching from American University. Following an early career as an editor, translator, working for investment bankers in Chicago, New York, London and Beirut, living in New York, Beirut, and Jerusalem. During 2010-2016 Friedman served as the Chair of the Board of the SEED Foundation, the first and only American network of public, college-preparatory boarding schools designed for students who need a 24-hour learning environment. Since 2016 she has been Vice Chair of the SEED Foundation. Her other positions include membership on the Advisory Board of Ascend and co-vice chair of the Aspen Music Festival and School, founding board member of the Downtown DC Foundation, and past membership on the board of the National Symphony Orchestra. Friedman is the founder and CEO of Planet Word, the world’s first voice-activated museum that offers an immersive language experience. Planet Word was opened in 2020 and is located at the historic Franklin School in Washington, DC.

Ann Friedman is the wife of the New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman.

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BUXBAUM Origin of surname
BUXBAUM, BUCHSBAUM

Surnames derive from one of many different origins. Sometimes there may be more than one explanation for the same name. This family name derives from an artificial (or ornamental) name (a made-up name often in compound of two words). The surname Buxbaum, which means "box tree" in German (Buxus), is in some cases associated with boxwood trade, in which Jews in Galicia were involved. In some cases Buxbaum was a nickname for a person or family who lived near a forest of box trees. In some cases the surname Buxbaum is derived from a medieval house-sign, as for example in the Jewish quarter (Judengasse) of medieval Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where each house had a sign, usually an animal or a flower. With time, many of the signs became fixed hereditary family names. Box tree was the sign of house no. 169 in the Judengasse, and it is possible the family occupying the house adopted the sign as a surname. In the 19th century, Buxbaum is recorded as a Jewish family name in Kiev, Ukraine.

Distinguished bearers of the family name Buxbaum include Nathan Buxbaum (1890-1943), leader of the Poalei Zion movement, who was born in Lvov, Ukraine.
Written by researchers of ANU Museum of the Jewish People
Ann B. Friedman

Ann Louise B. Friedman (born Bucksbaum) (b/1954), teacher editor and translator, founder and CEO of Planet Word, born in Marshalltown, IA, United States, the daughter of Matthew Bucksbaum, a real estate developer. She attended high school in Des Moines, IA. She studied at Stanford University receiving a BA in history and economics in 1975, and then at the London School of Economics earning a MA in international relations in 1976. She also holds a MA in teaching from American University. Following an early career as an editor, translator, working for investment bankers in Chicago, New York, London and Beirut, living in New York, Beirut, and Jerusalem. During 2010-2016 Friedman served as the Chair of the Board of the SEED Foundation, the first and only American network of public, college-preparatory boarding schools designed for students who need a 24-hour learning environment. Since 2016 she has been Vice Chair of the SEED Foundation. Her other positions include membership on the Advisory Board of Ascend and co-vice chair of the Aspen Music Festival and School, founding board member of the Downtown DC Foundation, and past membership on the board of the National Symphony Orchestra. Friedman is the founder and CEO of Planet Word, the world’s first voice-activated museum that offers an immersive language experience. Planet Word was opened in 2020 and is located at the historic Franklin School in Washington, DC.

Ann Friedman is the wife of the New York Times foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman.