Re: Definition of family name #names #poland

Jill Whitehead

Hi Leah,

My great grand aunt Rebecca Plotnovosky from Raczki in Suwalki gubernia married Solomon Berkowitz Karobelnik from Kovno in Hull, UK in 1887. He dropped the Karobelnik as apparently it means a tinker, or travelling salesman and is derogatory, and he was known as Berkowitz. His children shortened the name to Birks - I am in contact with this family who are on MyHeritage.

In the course of my research, I found that Suwalki Karobelniks went to France, and there is a famous surgeon amongst their descendants who is on the internet.

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UKĀ 

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