Re: Origin of FREEDMAN name #general

David Nathan <d.nathan1@...>

Hi Liz,

This may or may not help, but my father-in-law told us the story of how he
believes that his family got their surname of Freedman. Whenever his father
(my grandfather-in-law) was asked by his children where they came from, he
refused to say anything. When they arrived in England around 1905 >from
somewhere in Eastern Europe, he could not speak any English, so was he
was taught a phrase by a fellow immigrant to say: "I am a freed man >from
Russia." when asked for his name by an immigration officer. To that officer
responded: "Welcome to England Mr Freedman. But he would never disclose
whereabouts the family came from. All he would say was: "New name, new
country, new life!" Thus any investigations by myself and other members of
my wife's family are totally stymied.

David Nathan, London, UK

----- Original Message -----
From: "Liz Scofield"
Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2015 11:55 PM

My ggrandfather Lipman NEINKEN emigrated >from Latvia in 1892 to the
US. His Brooklyn, NY, death certificate lists his mother's (maiden)
name as Rebecca Freedman, born in Russia. FREEDMAN does not appear to
be Latvian in origin. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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