Re: Anglicised surname #unitedkingdom #ukraine #names


It's up to the individual what name to use.  In the US, one can use any name one wishes, as long as no fraud is intended or perpetrated.  My paternal grandfather's last name was Slonimsky, so it was easy for his sons to shorten it to Sloan.  On the other hand, I know another Sloan family whose original last name was Solomon.  At other times, only spelling changes, perhaps with a slight change to pronunciation.  So, for example, my maternal grandparents' last name Zlates became Slatas.  If you can pin down a range of times when your wife's ancestor came to England and with whom he traveled, you may be able to find him on a passenger list. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

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