JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Providing a Family Name Where None Existed #general

Joan Parker <joanparker@...>

I, for one, would love to know and learn more about it. My paternal grandmother's
last name is WINOGRAD (and there are many other WINOGRADs out there..none related)
but she comes >from Winograd and used that name as their last name.
Joan Parker
Immediate Past President
JGS of Greater Miami, Inc.
Miami, FL
Searching: GOLDBERG, GOODSTEIN, BERGER-Plock, Poland/Russia and Brooklyn, NY;
PINKUS, WINOGRAD, ROSEN-Brest, Litovsk; Grodno, Russia maybe Odessa, Ukraine,
Bronx and Brooklyn, NY;
GELFAND, YEHUDIS, KATZ-Minsk, Bronx, NY, Miami and Miami Beach, FL.

One solution seems to be to adopt the system common in the Prussian Empire
and eastern Europe and to bestow a putative family name i.e. the given name
of the father, as found in the patronymic.
For example, Moshe, whose father was Yaakov ben Yehezkel, would have the
patronymic Moshe ben Yaakov (for synagogue) which was usually simplified in
civilian life to Moshe Yaakov, so that Yaakov became the new "family name" for
one generation.. May I invite comments on a proposal to exploit this custom in
order to give family names in places where they do not exist? Do readers
consider it a legitimate procedure?
Harold Lewin - Jerusalem

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