Re: Looking for the origins of my family #general


Mary Ann,
There are definitely Russian words with double O, but in this case the spelling of the last name is to convey Russian pronunciation - S-loot-ski. Slutski is an alternate  transcription, but has a negative connotation in US and incorrect pronunciation.  If pronounced following the English language closed syllable rules, "lut", rhymes with "but", however that is not the correct sound for this name. 
Slutsky is one of many Ashkenazi last names that are based on geography. Slutsk was a regional city in Slutsk uezd (county) of the Minsk province, in what is now Belarus. In 1897 71% of the population was Jewish.

Mike Vayser

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