Re: KOPALOFF vs. KARPILOFF #general


Alexandra Alznauer <petiealznauer@...>
 

Yes, with many British accents KARPILOFF would be pronounced KOPILOFF. Even
in America, in Boston for instance or some areas of the South, KARP- would
come out KOP- (or more precisely KAH- or KA-).

When I lived in New Orleans I was friends with a KOPP family. At the time
it never occurred to me that they might have really been KARPs. (My
greatgrandmother was a KARP >from Seredzius, Lithuania - I believe the GARB
family on the Revision Lists may actually be her family. I am still looking
for confirming evidence of this and have now found in my mother's garage a
KARP family photo postcard >from Lithuania with a lengthy letter in Yiddish
on the back The only word in English on the back is "Raiseiniai", the name
of the Uezd and also a nearby town. I'm hoping to solve the mystery of the
KARP/GARB surname when this is postcard translated...but, of course, its a
long shot).

I think you are on the right track with your KARPILOFFs, Hilary. I hope you
are able to find the actual connection between you and this British family.

Good Luck!

Alexandra Alznauer
San Francisco, CA

From: Hilary Henkin <hilary@proppersource.com>

My greatgrandfather was Meyer LAPIDUS. According to family stories, he had
a brother named Nachum KARPILOFF.

I was contacted by someone in England whose father was a LAPIDUS. As we
chatted, it turned out he had michpocha KOPALOFF.

We didn't find an immediate link, but as you can surmise, I'm convinced
that the dual surnames is more than coincidence -- but that's not my
question.

Taking into consideration the American and British accents, can anyone
hypothesize which KARPILOFF / KOPALOFF surname "begat" the other? Or the
origin of the name? Both families are >from the Ukraine - Mariupol area.

Regards,
Hilary Henkin
Atlanta, Georgia"

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