JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Searching: DUMAJ - origin of name #general


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I rececently discovered that my maternal grandfather's surname, before he
changed it to Silverstone, was Dumaj (pronounced Dumai) and that the word
"dumaj" means " day-dream" in Polish. What a strange name to have! I
wonder whether it was allocated to his father or grandfather round about
1800 when Jews were forced to take surnames, perhaps by some official who
thought it was mildly humorous? Any Dumajs or Dumais out there to compare
notes with?

Ken Cohen

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