Re: Subject: Did individuals ever use names other than their own in Lithuania #lithuania #names

Michele Lock

In a case like this, where there is conflicting or unexpected information in the Jewishgen records, it would be helpful to get copies of the original images, especially the 1922 internal passport application and for the 1922 marriage in Lithuania. Both might have more information than in the transcribed Jewishgen records; it is possible that the passport application may have a photo, that would be useful for you to see, especially if you have a photo of your grandfather as a young man.

Now, the following is conjecture on my part - perhaps the father Tsalel decided that once the original Isaak Leib left Lithuania with a maternal relative, that a son from the second marriage could now take this name, especially if 'Isaak Leib' was given in memory of a paternal relative. The other son may have taken on the birth year of the original Isaak Leib as well. 

There is one other possibility, for the Isaak Leib in the passport application giving his father's name as Leib - this may be a paternal first cousin of the original Isaak Leib, who was also named Isaak Leib, both boys in honor of a recently deceased grandfather. In my own family, I have a great granduncle named Charles Louis Lavine, who had two first cousins also named Charles Louis Lavine, and all of them living in the early 1900s in Trenton NJ. They were each named for their paternal grandfather Betzalel Eliezer Levin. No one then thought anything of this, though to us this is truly odd (and maddening for doing genealogy research).
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

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