Re: Use of Patronyms for Last Names: MICHALOWITZ instead of LURYA #warsaw #records

Judith Singer

Hi - I think it's more likely that the questioner understood the question but your maternal grandmother did not - or rather, because the Lurya surname was used only in formal and government documents, and generally not by fellow Jews, who used the patronymic in everyday conversation, she used the "surname" she was most familiar with. However, I would be more confident of this suggestion if your grandmother was from a small town rather than from Warsaw. I have gotten the impression that in larger cities at that time, the formal surname was used more consistently than in small shtetls. 

regards, Judith Singer

CHARNEY (also CHERNOFF and other variations) from Kavarskas, Vilkomir, and Kurkliai

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