Re: change of surname #names #romania

Odeda Zlotnick

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,
In our family, the legend was GGF changed his surname from Sigler to Leizerovici.  The legend held until we started finding documents and gravestones.
In Vienna, where my Romanian GGF married my Galicia born GGM, his parents are registered as Leizerovici in the marriage documents.  So too is GGF's sister, who married said Galician GGM's brother.
And then we found GGF's father's gravestone.  GGF's grandfather was Eliezer, aka Leizer.  Leizerovici -- son of Leizer - was the original surname, not at all one made up at random.

Did you check if your great uncle didn't have a Leib among his ancestors?

Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

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