Question about SHAPIRO ancestries #rabbinic


David Goldman
 

Greetings Jewishgenners.
I seem to have discovered that I had a Shapiro ancestor >from what is now
Belarus whose name was Nota (apparently my great-grandfather's
great-grandfather). I am aware that there was a famous rabbinical family in
Poland that included rabbis with that name. Now the issue is whether this
means my family's descent >from that rabbinical family since spellings of the
last name varied among SHAPIRO, SHAPIRA, SPIRO and SPIRA, and some
"Shapiros" were identified as kohanim, which my family is not.
Any clarifications about this would be greatly appreciated since I assume
that a name such as Nota would be used in memory of a famous rabbi(s) with
that name.

Thanks,
David Goldman
NYC

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