Legal name change? #general


Shmuel and Shoshana Arnold <darnold@...>
 

Hi,

My great-grandfather's name was listed on his Certificate of Arrival (from
Russia) as being
Peisach Arschinow. However, on his Declaration of Intent, Petition of
Naturalization,Oath of Allegiance, etc.
it lists his name as Phillip Arshinoff.

The same is true of my great-grandmother. Her Certificate of Arrival (from
Russia) says Cirle Arschinow,
but all the other papers say Sylvia (or in some cases, Celia or Sillia). I
knew her briefly when
she was alive and everyone called her Sylvia.

So my question is, would they have had to undergo a legal name change to do
this? Or did they just anglicize
their names? Or perhaps both names were legal (ie. Peisach, obviously a
Hebrew name and Phillip being his
English name,etc.)?

If they did do a legal name change, where would I find these records?

Thanks.

Shoshana Silverstein Arnold

Researching:

SILVERSTEIN
ARSHINOFF (ARSCHINOW)
SHAHARBANI (SHARBANI)
ABD-AL NABI
JOSEPH
LEVY (Iraq/Iran)
COHEN (Iraq/Iran)

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