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Pavel Bernshtam

I have received a number of responces about Courland jews surnames.
One pointed to German roots of Courland jews (see also ), and another
pointed to the Napoleonic decree (1808) abut jews surnames.

One more interesting point:
I have found only germans (except jews) with the surname Berenshtam/Bernshtam.
There are 2 famous families of russian germans.
Now I'm trying to find exact place of origin of these people, hoping
to find in this way origin area of my ancestors.

So I think that courland jews received surnames before they arrived to
Courland - i.e. 17th-18th centuries.

Pavel Bernshtam

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