On Jul 29, 2020, at 2:13 PM, alejandro@... wrote:
The exact meaning of this surname is en epenthesis of the surname Korb which is a german word for basket.
Now, "belnik" is a yiddish suffix for a person´s occupation. Therefore, the epenthesis occurs when you add or substract a letter from a surname. In this case an "a" was added and that is how Korabelnik means "a basket maker or seller".
That may be, although Alexander Beider, in Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from the Russian Empire (rev. ed.), says it means "hawker" or "peddler."