"Shari Kantrow" <email@example.com> wrote
In researching family names for the first time in
Lomza mid 19th century (1830's-1880's), I came across
something I had not seen before and wonder what your
thoughts are on this. I noticed that unlike in other
towns I had researched in Galicia or Ukraine, the
naming patterns in the Lomza region were very
patryonymic, for example, Herszkowicz,Danielowicz,
Abramowicz,etc. Would several generations keep that
name once assigned; or would it change with each
person? For example, Daniel's son Abram would be Abram
Danielowicz, and likewise, would Abram's son Mendel be
I am very confused. Please share your thoughts.
Lomza was part of the Russian Empire and this is the reason that
administration has been following pattern already adopted by the Russians in
assigning surnames for the non-Jewish residents.
Surname once assigned, could not be changed. For this (surname change),
disposition of the highest authority was required.