My mother born in 1909 in Chicago, 3rd child, parents still did not have
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a name ready (?waiting for a relative to die? ;-) ) so she was listed as
Baby Goldstein on the birth certificate. Some time in the 30's she had
to legally change it to Sylvia, the only name she knew.
On 7/10/2020 10:03 AM, jbonline1111@... wrote:
Many families changed either the spelling or the entire name to
Americanize it. My father and his brothers switched from Slonimsky to
Sloan sometime around 1940 or so. However, one uncle entered the Army
as Slonimsky anyway, while Dad used Sloan. The other brother spelled
the name Sloane. I assume they forgot to tell him the spelling.
BTW, there is no need to make a legal name change. Anyone can use
whatever they wish as long as it is not for fraudulent purposes.
Neither Dad nor his brothers ever had a legal name change. For that
reason, when he retired, my aunt had to testify for Social Security
that she knew my father under both names. And it gets more complicated
as his first name on his birth certificate is also not the name he
used. He didn't know why but in the 1920 census, his first name was
already changed. We surmised that he may have had the Spanish flu and
that his mother changed his name to fool the angel of death, a