Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Re: Revision Lists and the development of surnames #lithuania

Stan Baron <sbaron1@...>

If my family's oral history is to be believed, there may be another
reason... Some families kept two surnames for some generations to avoid the
Russian government draft of all Jewish males. The government's purpose was
to remove the boys >from their families. A family might use two names "A"
and "B" in which the parents were registered as "A" but the children as "B".
When the government came looking for Iosef "B", they were told that they
were at the "A" household.

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To: LitvakSIG <
Date: Friday, January 29, 1999 12:43 PM
Subject: Revision Lists and the development of surnames

In reviewing 1834 revision lists, I've noticed an unusually large number of
people who had double surnames - different surnames that the clerk recorded
together - they are not alternative spellings nor hyphenated names (they
there too). But seemingly unrelated surnames. Sometimes the first name
seemed to be derived >from the name of the town.

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