Michael Marx <MHMarx@...>
I wanted to thank the many people who responded, mostly by private
email, to my inquiry about Jewish naming patterns with respect to
patronymics vs. surnames. I wish I could report back a clear consensus
on this subject, but it appears that (as the MOD noted), traditions
varied depending on time, place and other factors. In some cases, Jews
had permanent family surnames before the civil registration laws
required them; in other cases it appears that Jews may have used both
surnames and patronymics. I had hoped that a clear pattern would
facilitate research, particularly those records before the 19th
century, but it seems that the only thing certain in this regard is
that nothing is certain.
Michael Marx, Lexington, MA, USA MHMarx@...