Re: "His name was changed at Ellis Island" #names

Jules Levin

Of course!  Note the assumptions underlying the claim:  the immigration
officials were ignorant hicks who just didn't get them foreigners [half
were themselves naturalized, and understood 40 languages, no doubt
including Yiddish]; they were so stupid they risked their jobs to
frivolously violate regs to change names; burocratic rules were so
casual (compared to the enlightened present) that they could do whatever
they wanted to; etc., etc. Our parents pass on mishegas they heard from
their parents.

Jules Levin

On 6/25/2020 4:09 PM, Feldman, Daniel wrote:
It is a fallacy that names were changed at Ellis Island. Immigration
personnel used the names on the passenger manifest. They were
forbidden to change any name as that might be contributing to
fraudulent purposes. Immigrants changed their names after the fact .
In New York State for instance, one could change their name merely by
adopting the new one. It was legal as long as there was no attempt to
commit fraud.

Daniel Feldman

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