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


The name change idea was perpetuated in the Godfather movie.  Vito says to the immigration agent "I am Vito Andolini from Corleone" and the agent writes down Vito Corleone.  Many families changed their name on the own.  My maternal great grandfather came over as Morris Shimishelovitz.  Within his lifetime the name became Similovitz and then they said the heck with it, it's Simmons.
Bob Malakoff

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