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Thanks to Harry for this interesting & helpful response. I’d guess that the name BENIN was based on a past Benjamin in the family, but I doubt we will ever know – especially since there are very few records left from Chernihiv. I’ve heard the story from various people that one brother chose the name, & since there were no other marriages or rifts, I figure Berland was chosen pretty much at random.
I have a question about timing – is there a consensus on when folks from that area of “Russia” would have taken a surname? If I understand correctly, Jews did not originally live in Czernigow or Poltava, but would have emigrated there some time after the partitions of Poland. My GG GF Abraham Yitchak was born around 1860, if we could ever find his birth info would that have a surname? What about the birth of his father Pinkus, would he have a surname at birth, or some time afterwards?
From: main@... <main@...> On Behalf Of Henry Carrey Boston,MA . Carey/Kirzhner/Berestyaner , Belous , Isenberg - Lutsk ; Postolov/Herman/Kolovsky-Zhitomir
I replied to this the other day and for some reason , it never took .
Galicia: BADER, BADIAN, FELDMANN, FREIDENHEIM/FREUDENHEIM, GERTLER, WIENER/WEINER * Germany: ADELSDORFER, BÄR/BAER, EPSTEINN, HAUSSMAN, ISSAK, MEYER, MOSES, ROSENSTEIN * Russia: AMBURG, BERKOVICH/BERKOWITZ, EPSTEIN, GELBURD/GOLDBERG/GAYLBURD/GILBERT