: "It does seem strange that Samuel took it upon himself to
anglicize the forename of a parent who was in Poland and therefore
not in need of anglicization, but we know little of Samuel and his
This odd practice was not uncommon in the States. In a number of
obituaries, I found family members who hadn't immigrated given
American names. In one case, Chana became Anna, and her husband
Raphael was written as Robert. Who knows why, though I can imagine a
number of possibilities.
Perhaps under the influence of the Polish (and even Lithuanian)
bourgeoisie and professionals, who did sometimes use "English" names
such as Robert.