Hilary Henkin <hilary@...>
While these answers may apply to the real meaning of FRIEDMAN, as usual
there will be those families for whom the name indeed meant "freed
man". My great-aunt was a FREEDMAN before she married my
great-uncle. >from her directly I got the story that when her own father
landed in England, his cousin greeted him with the phrase,
"Congratulations! You're a freed man now!" And they took the name. Their
European surname, which I know, is nothing like FREEDMAN.
OK, her father may have been "pulling her leg", but there's no reason to
think it's not a true story.
So consider the language-related origins of the name, but remember our
forbearers weren't forced to follow any surname rules. . . .
Mogilev - BERLIN; BELIISKI; HENKIN - GENKIN; MESCENOKOV; POZ - POZE
Ekaterinoslav - KATZ; LAPIDUS; LAVROTIN - LAVRUTIN; PESACHINSKY;
Roumania: DONNENFIELD; RINCOVER - HARINCOVER; DOLLINGER
Harbin, China: SREBERK - SCHRIEBER; LITEBSK; SCHON --