1910 US Census Record for Grandmother #general #names


My grandmother emigrated from Poland, then part of Russia, in 1906. Her given name is listed in the 1910 US census records as Sporcha.  However, she is listed in the 1920 US census as Sophie. Could Sporcha be her Polish name which was later anglicized to Sophie?  Or could the 1910 listing of Sporcha just be a misspelling of Sophie. I am very curious to know. Diana

Diana Gleave


Its probably a mis-writing. As far as I know, the Polish name for Sophie is Zofia.
Maryellen Tobiasiewicz
family from: Bielsko-Biala powiat Poland
Gorlice powiat Poland
Lviv Oblast Ukraine

Sherri Bobish


I went on www.familysearch.org and searched for first name Sporcha with no other parameters, and got on one hit for Sporcha FRIEDMAN on the 1910 census.

Given that this first name makes no other appearance on such a huge database, I would discount its veracity.  The enumerator probably just wrote down what he thought he heard.  Enumerators were never required to obtain correct spelling, although some put more effort into it than others.

Good luck in your search,

Sherri Bobish