In a message dated 98-09-30 20:16:46 EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< After perusing the Shtetl finder list, I found so many Shapiro families
originating >from towns in Lithuania, that I am even more convinced that my
ancestors on the Shapiro side who lived on the Russia/Belarus border in
Surazh and who were Lubavitchers, must have originated up north in
Lithuania, with a branch moving down to Russia/Belarus for business
==There were Shapiros all over Europe. The name is generally considered to
have been borne by Jews who came >from Speyer, in the Rhine valley of Germany.
There may be some connection, too, to the Hebrew Saphir (Sapphire) and Shafir
(Excellent). I don't know that there were more Shapiros in Lithuania than
anywhere else, or that there were more Chabadniks among them.
BERNET, BERNAT, BAERNET etc >from Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg, (Bavaria)
KONIGSHOFER: Welbhausen, Konigshofen, Furth (S. Germany)
ALTMANN: Kattowitz, Breslau, Poznan, Beuthen--Upper Silesia/Poland
WOLF(F): Frankfurt, Wurzburg, Furth, Yugoslavia, Westchester