Re: change of surname #names #romania

jack nathanson

After years of looking at civil records from Raducaneni and comparing the names with the family names of the people after they immigrated to Canada, it looks like changing one's name was some kind of popular sport in Romania in those those days. For example, a great-uncle of mine changed his family name from Cojocariu to Leibovitch for some unexplained reason.

In fact, until required to by law in the middle of the 19th Century, most Romanian Jews didn't bother having family names at all, often preferring just to use patronymics, such as Ghidale sin Nuta. Presumably this is where my family name "Nathanson" came from. So a lot of people must have regarded family names as some kind of joke and changed them at will.

Jack Nathanson

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