JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Last name changes #general

Deb Skolnik <dskolnik@...>

While we are talking about last name changes, can anyone explain why
my grandfather, Dov Ber Kissin >from Vitebsk, would choose the name
Cohen for his last name when he emigrated to the US? I was always
told that the family were not >from the priestly caste, but Israelites.

I have always been curious about that. Maybe someone here can explain.


Deb Skolnik

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