Re: Is the first name Marx a shortened version of Mordecai #names

Jill Whitehead

My great great grandfather was Mordecai Serwianski from Sejny in Suwalki gubernia in NE Poland, on the borders with Kovno in Lithuania. He had several grandsons called Marks which was then anglicised to Max or Maxwell. Some of the family emigrated from Liverpool to Chicago in 1905 (having been in Liverpool for 30 years) and called themselves Maxwell, reverting to the patronymic of Mordecai. (NB Serwianski was named after Lake Serwy). 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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