Re: Surname Adoption derived from Mother #names

Doug Cohen

In some places, esp. the Austro-Hungarian empire, families were limited in how many sons the governent allowed to marry.   Other children were married by a rabbi "according to the laws of Moses and Jewish traditions." Thus, as far as the government was concerned, the marriage wasn't lawful.  And children were considered illegitimate and took the mother's surname.  the Jews didn't care what the government thought; they knew their children had been under the chupa -- and they never wanted surnames anyway!

Don't know if that's what happened in your family or not, but it's a plausible reason.

Doug Cohen, Sarasota, FL & Lexington, MA

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