Re: Reason for name change #usa #names

Judith Singer

Another motivation might have been that ROSEN sounded German-Jewish while JERUZALEMSKY was clearly Eastern European Jewish. German Jews , most of whom had emigrated earlier and were more assimilated, were regarded more highly i the U.S. and Engalnd than recemt Eastern European Jewish immigrants who retained many of their Old World customs. You didn't mention if the name change occurred in connection with or after emigration, but if so, the radical attitudes were likely a factor.

Rosen and related names (Rosenbefg, Rosenstein, etc.) were far more common than Jeruzalemsky.

Judith Singer

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