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

Bob Bloomberg

I think we are getting very defensive.  I haven't seen anyone who claims that names were intentionally, willfully changed. I don't believe they were.  What I think many are saying is that the system, and the people in it, were not perfect.  Add to the imperfections the fact that orthography was still in flux, and that most names could be spelled many different ways,by the same person, and you have the opportunity for name changes (I have seen different spellings of the same name on different documents signed by the same person.).

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