JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Surname change in US Naturalization papers #general

Shelley Mitchell

Rob Weisskirch asked about how a surname was changed in the past. Speaking only
about New York, I can say that the formal process in effect today is essentially the same
as the process at the turn of the century. You applied to the NY Supreme Court and
published the name change in the newspaper ordered by the Court. I can't speak for
any other state but I assume it would be similar or the same. On the other hand, with the
Naturalization of an alien, the federal government would be empowered to make that
change as well. I would venture to say that many celebrities didn't go through a formal
process since they were using Pseudonyms. I'm sure many of them still have their legal

Shelley Mitchell
New York City

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