JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Why the Name Change? #general


sallybru <sallybru@...>
 

I would trust both the manifest and your Grandmother about the names of your
gr grandmother.

Our ancestors often had many names! Among the various languages used in the
area they came from: Yiddish, Russian, Polish, Lithuanian, Belarussian,
whatever, they used different names. Sometimes the names were similar,
sometimes not.

When they came to the US (or to any other country) they took another name
according to fashion and their liking. My gr grandmother, who I always
heard was Rachel, was Regina on her marriage record. Her husband Bernhard
was born Baruch and used the name Barnett in Britain. The clerk in the New
York Archives did not find their marriage when I searched by mail, but I
found them right away-I know all their names.

So both could be right-it makes searching difficult, but it is a fact of
genealogy.

Sally Bruckheimer
Albany, NY

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