Re: Name Changes #general

Ida & Joseph Schwarcz

My late husband's grandfather, born Ya'akov Kohen in Kaligerke (near Shpola)
had his name changed to Salavan. Apparantly the rest of the family liked
this new name so much they all became Salavan. When my late father-in-law
came to Erets Yisrael in 1923 he went through a number of name changes and
ended up with Seh-Lavan (white sheep) which became Selavan in the US.
Ya'akov Kohen made aliya in about 1935 and also adoped the name Seh-Lavan.
But my brother-in-law did not like being called "black sheep" in school so
he shortened his name to Lev.

Ida Selavan Schwarcz
Ganei Omer

From: GeoestherL@... [mailto:GeoestherL@...]

I have been told by two elderly Aunts a very similar story - that the
family name was changed by an ancestor in order to avoid possible
conscription in the Russian army. I always doubted this history but now
have found written justification for their claim. Has anyone else had this
issue raised?

George Liss

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