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

Barbara Algaze

A good friend of mine tried to explain her HOLLAND surname by telling me this "family story."  The two brothers arrived at Ellis Island on a ship from Rotterdam.  The older brother said to the younger brother, "Let me talk to the clerk; I know more English."  So, when the clerk asked, "What is your surname?" The older brother thought he was asking, "Where did you get on the ship?"  His response was "HOLLAND," and that is how they got the surname.

When I helped her find the actual passenger manifest, the surname, as written, was HOLLAND !!!!!!

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