Re: Solomon To Samuel? #general

Pamela Weisberger

Stephen Silberman writes:
"I have searched for years for immigration record on my Great Grandfather,
Samuel Braunfeld. Recently I came across a record showing up on both the
Hamburg and New York ship lists for a Solomon Braunfeld. All of the dates
seem to fit though the ship name is different >from what is shown on the
citizenship papers. I am thinking this must be my ggf but obviously
there is some doubt. Does anyone else know of a Solomon being turned into
a Samuel?"

My grandfather was always known to us as "Samuel Saul" once in the US.

I found his name on the 1908 passenger manifest as Solomon. He was 11 years
old at the time. So the answer is that yes, this name switch certainly
could, and did, occur. I'm sure there are many more examples.

I'd be curious to know if anyone would know more about the relationship of
these three names and why one would have adopted one over the other. I
realize the biblical connection between Samuel and Saul, but wonder why one
might abandon Solomon in favor of Samuel. Perhaps "Sam" was more fashionable
at that time in the US.

Unfortunately we never got to ask my grandfather, nor have we yet found his
birth record in Galicia to see what name he was originally given.

Pamela Weisberger
Santa Monica, CA

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