Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>
Alas, what is a 'real' name. My ggrandmother was one of 20 kids born to a couple in a tiny town in Nassau. On each birth record, the mother's name was different. My ggrandmother was apparently Rachel, but so was her mother (on a different record); when 'Rachel' married my ggrandfather, her name on the marriage record was Regina. Regina was her sister (according to a birth record) and so was her mother on another birth record.
It seems that women often used a variety of Yiddish and secular names, so who knows if there was a 'real' given name if we asked her. Rachel / Regina's daughter, my grandmother, was Matilda or Aunt Tilly to all who knew her, but her birth record in NYC says Rosa (named for her grandmother, probably, as Reis / Rosa / Rachel / Regina / every other R name you can think of except Rebecca - and Teresa).
Who said genealogy was easy?