"Dale Bricker" wrote
My great-grandfather was processed through Ellis Island with hisYankel (Yankiel, Jankiel) became a first name in Russian Empire
This is associated with the Russian administration rules which did
not allow Jewish people to use Christians saints name.
Thus Yakov (Jakub) has been transformed to Yankiel, Moses (Moisiey) to
ugly Movsha, Joseph (Iosif, Jozef) to Osip, Isaac (Isaak) to Itsik,
Israel to Srul, Salomon to Shloyme (Szlojme).
Forbidden also were our ancient names David, Jonathan, Mattityahu
(Matvey) and so on.
3) Does anyone have any ideas as to what would have beenCould be anything. No one was obliged to pick a certain prescribed name,
but people usually have kept their first name first letter as the link
to the past. Yakov (or Jakov) is associated this way with Jack.
I have noticed similar practice amongst the Chinese people that
have been adopting Chrfistian names.
Thanks very much.Alexander Sharon