The Goldwater Family Tree

Written and researched by Margaret [nee Knight] Odrowaz-Sypniewska

Photograph of Mike Goldwater/Goldwasser

Hirsch Meaning and Origin

1. German: from Middle High German hir(t)z ‘deer’, ‘stag’; a metonymic occupational name for a keeper of deer, a nickname for someone thought to resemble a deer or stag, or a habitational name for someone who lived at a house distinguished by the sign of a stag.

2. Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Yiddish male personal name Hirsh ‘deer’, which is common because of the association of the deer with the Hebrew personal name Naphtali, deriving from the blessing by Jacob of his sons (Genesis 49: 21), in which Naphtali is referred to as ‘a hind let loose’

3. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German Hirsch or Yiddish hirsh ‘deer’, one of the many Ashkenazic surnames taken from vocabulary words denoting wildlife.

This famous surname is recorded throughout most of Europe and in over one hundred different spellings including Hirsch, Hirschman, Hirscel, Hirtz, Girsch, Hirshin, Girshow, Herschmann, Erszman, and many others. It is of German pre medieval origins, and describes a game hunter, specifically one who hunted or managed deer forests. It derives from the pre 7th century word 'hirsch' meaning deer, and is a surname which has been prominent in German history since the very creation of surnames in the Middle Ages.

Sources: The Dictionary of American Family Names © 2006, Patrick Hanks. Name Origin Research, © 2014.


Hirsch Goldwasser innkeeper. storekeeper of Konin (near Warsaw) Poland.

Konin, Poland


Joseph Goldwasser died in 1883. Went to Arizona with his brother in 1872.

Michael "Mike" Goldwasser was born in October 1821 and died in 1903. Mike married Sarah Nathan (d. 1905) in London, on March 1850. Then moved to the United States of America (California in 1852). Moved to La Paz, Arizona in 1862.

  1. Carrie Goldwater[submitted by Kate Margolis]
  2. Morris Goldwater (1851- )
  3. Lizzie Goldwater[submitted by Kate Margolis]
  4. Samual Goldwater[submitted by Kate Margolis]
  5. Harry Goldwater[submitted by Kate Margolis]
  6. Annie Goldwater[submitted by Kate Margolis]
  7. Bejamin Goldwater[submitted by Kate Margolis]
  8. Baron Goldwater (1866-1929)


Morris Goldwater was born in 1851. He married Sarah Shivers Fisher, a Protestant.

Carrie Goldwater married Philip Nathan Aronson. Their daughter was Evelyn Kate Aronson who married Max Leopold Margolis, a Jewish historian, professor, and scholar. Kate Margolis Mariscal [submitter] is the her grand-daughter.

Baron Goldwater was born in May 1866 and died in 1929. He married Josephine Williams, a Episcopalian.

    Baron and Josephine's known children were:

  1. Barry Goldwater (1909-1998)
  2. Robert W. Goldwater


Barry Goldwater was born on January 1, 1909, in Phoenix Arizona, and married (1)Margaret "Peggy" Johnson (1905-1985) of Muncie, Indiana. Peggy was cremated.(2)Susan Schaeffer Wechsler (age 51), a health care director. Barry died May 29, 1998 (at age 89). Barry's burial place is not known.

    All Barry's children were by wife #1:

  1. Michael Goldwater, named after his grandfather.
    his son=Michael Goldwater, Jr.
  2. Joanne Goldwater
  3. Peggy Goldwater
  4. Barry Goldwater, Jr. who was a Republican member of the House of Representatives from California. He also was an investment counselor.
    his son is Barry Goldwater III.

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