Irene Newhouse <newhoir@...>
If you read the introduction to Beider's book on Jewish surnames in the
Russian Empire, you'll learn [among many other things] that, other than
decreeing Jews could use no surnames already in use in Russia by non-Jews,
it was pretty much up to the individual & the local Jewish Community what
name got chosen. The registration of surnames was handled by the Jewish
community. A name derived >from Hebrew, of course, was highly
unlikely to be in use already & thus would have been a good candidate.