Re: Definition of a family name BARIOT #names


Well, good question. The general answer is that you are writing a Jewish Russian family name in English using common English characters. The original name sounded something like that with k's and ch and z and so on. The ancestors could not read or write their own name or anything else actually. So scribes wrote it for them if they needed a permission slip to leave or other documents. When they got to Ellis Island another scribe wrote something down that sounded right to him. He probably came from Russia himself. So you can't look up Bariot anywhere back in the old country, especially in Minsk, where a very large population of Jews lived.

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