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

Dick Plotz <Dick@...>

Besides, the idea that names had a "correct" spelling was pretty much
confined to the upper classes until well into the twentieth century in
most of Europe and the United States. People spelled their own names
and other people's names however they sounded to them. I've seen 19th
century vital records from *cities* in Germany from the 19th century
in which the same person's name was spelled three different ways, in
the same document! Spelling simply wasn't a salient feature of names,
for most people.

Dick Plotz
Providence RI USA

On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 10:06 PM Jules Levin <ameliede@...> wrote:

The name was not misspelled. Dwoire is perfect Yiddish dialect spelling
of Dvora. If you go to shul where Galitzianers pray, you will hear
"toire" for Torah. "Misspelling" implies that there was some Academy of
Yiddish determining correct spelling in Latin letters. It didn't exist.

Jules Levin

On 7/13/2020 10:52 AM, Jx. Gx. wrote:

Hello Michele Lock.

Your account about Abram and Rose Schiffman reminded me about a
similar incident involving my ggm, Shulieh Devorah Epstein, nee Zalman.

On the ship manifest her given name is spelled "Dwoire," an obvious
phonetic misspelling of Devorah.

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