Peter Zavon <pzavon@...>
"Linda Shefler" < firstname.lastname@example.org > wrote:
Please tell me if this logic makes sense: Since Fishel andThis does not seem reasonable to me as it is overly complex, seeking a
unique explanation where the common ones may apply. These folks came from
the Russian Empire where names were written in Cyrillic letters.
Transliterating >from Cyrillic to the Latin characters used in the US and
Western Europe often resulted in confusion between "Z" and "S" where some
time was required before the spelling of teh name stabilized. My
grandfather was "ZAVODNIK" but his entire family's passenger list entry is
for "SAVODNIK" Some families retained the "Z" others still use the "S"
Even in the 1950, many Americans had difficulty with the letter "Z", having
rarely if ever encountered it at the beginning of a surname. The writing of
the letter in script was sometimes not even taught in the schools. (It was
not taught in mine, and my suname begins with it. I had quite a time
figuting out how to render it in my signature as a child and hope to have it
A relative told me that her mother used to say that the family's name wasThe jewelry connection would seem to support some form of "ZILBER", but
"deSilva" or "daSilva" in Spanish means "of the forrest." It does not
suggest a jewelry connection.
I know it didn't workEasilly, one simply began using a different name. Even today that is only
illegal if done with intent to decieve or defraud. Besides, US citizenship
was *never* required before one could formally change a name in court.
I have not been able to find any immigration records either through CastleAccording to Beider's "Dictionary of Jewish Surnames >from the Russian
Empire" there were many variants of "ZILBER" (>from "silver"), including
"ZILBERMAN" in use as surnames. The fact that you have not found your
people in passenger lists for one American port of arrival and one European
departure port does not mean they did not use that name or one similar to
it. There were a good many other ports available, both for European
departure and American arrival.
Question: Is anyone familiar with Sephardic research aware of aBe cautious. This family story may well be a reference to the distant past,
to the time before Spain expelled the Jews in 1492. As such, the folklore
becomes very think and often impossible to document. Toledo was certainly a
center of metal working of all sorts, and thus a potential origin of a
Question: Does anyone have any suggestions as to where else or even howCheck indexes for other ports of entry (Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia,