I have a question about the origin of Jewish surnames in Romania. My
grandfather's last name was Sturza (Sturdza prior to immigrating),
same as the royal Sturzda castle in Miclauseni, near Iasi. Our family
lore goes two ways:
1) Our ancestors worked for the royal Sturzda family palace as
teachers and "minor managers," and somehow came to adopt the royal
2) Our ancestors interrmarried with a member of the royal Sturzda
family (which I have since heard is unlikely)
Does anyone have a sense of the likelihood of either of these
possibilities for Jewish folk in Romania, or know how else a Jewish
STURZA could have come to be?
Many thanks for your time!