Use of Names: Family Mystery Solved?? MICHALOVICH/MICHAELOVITZ vs. REICHMAN #names #records

Marilyn Robinson

For a long time I haven't been able to find marriage information for my maternal grandmother's older sister, Rose LURJA/LEVINE REICHMAN & Harry REICHMAN. The other day, while searching on FamilySearch I found a marriage record for a "Rosie MICHAELOWITZ" & "Herman REICHMAN" (married 30 Aug 1896, Manhattan. NY, NY City Marriage Records, 1829-1940).
Herman's parents' names were the same as those for my other relatives, but the name "Herman" wasn't familiar to me.
On the marriage certificate, Rosie's parents' names were listed as "Samuel MICHAELOWITZ" & "Rebecca REICHMAN".

Today, I had another thought: Herman REICHMAN was actually "my" Harry; and "Rosie MICHAELOWITZ" was "my" maternal great aunt, Rose LURJA/LEVINE (maiden name).

Originally, I thought that Herman was another brother to Max, Harry, & Lewis REICHMAN.
But, I knew that:
-The maiden name of Rose's mother was Rebecca REICHMAN.
-Her father was Solomon/Zalman Michalovich LURJA/LEVINE. (He would have used Michalovich as a patronym because his father was Michal.)

I checked Ancestry's "Jewish Name Variations": one of the "Zalman" secular variations is "Samuel" and one for "Herman" is "Harry". In the "old country," when asked for someone's name, I believe that they used a person's first & patronym (ex. Zalman Michalovich). 

So, when responding to requested information, Rose must have said that her father's name was "Samuel Michaelowitz", using the Russian style of a patronym usage, and not responding Zalman or Solomon Lurja/Levine, as would be common in the U.S. Thus, "Rosie MICHAELOWITZ" appears as her maiden name, on her marriage certificate (#13990).
Further, I think that "Herman" must have eventually changed his name to "Harry" to reflect the secular use of his first name in the U.S.

Does the above analysis seem possible to you?? If not, what are your thoughts?

Marilyn Robinson

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