Given name anglicized to "Leonora" from ?? #germany

Jeff Lewy <airbair@...>

I have recently "discovered" a great-great aunt buried in 1868 in
Montgomery, Alabama, USA who was born in "Ostrowo," Prussia, now
Ostrow Wielkopolski, Poland. Her American name was Leonora Lewy RICH.
Her husband was Louis RICH, who remarried a year or so after
Leonora's death to Clara Gottschalk RICH.

I have a typed list of names of men and women in her generation of the
LEWY family, taken >from an unknown handwritten record >from Ostrowo.
Some came to the US, and some did not. There are two females on the
list whose birth dates might be consistent with Leonora's age. One is
Leie or Seie (the typist couldn't tell which), and the other is Gittel.

Can someone tell me which is more likely to have become Leonora in the
US? And what other names might commonly be taken in America >from these
"old country" names? Is it possible that Leie and Seie are both "real"
names, or is one real and the other a misreading of the handwriting?

And if anyone has any connection to the RICH or LEWY families, I would
be delighted to hear >from you.

Jeff Lewy, San Francisco, CA, USA <>

LEWY - Prussia; Alabama; Arkansas; Chicago
RICH - Prussia; Alabama; Nashville, TN
LO(E)WY (o umlaut) - Bohemia; Vienna; Baltimore; Chicago
KAHNWEILER - Gru(e)nstadt, Rheinland-Pfalz; Alabama; Kentucky; Chicago
HAHN - Altscho(e)nbach, Bavaria; Mobile and Demopolis, AL

Ury Link

Dear Genners

In Germany (and in other countries) in the 19 and the 20 century was
the custom that a name was change to a German name with is beginning
with the same character . You asked if the name Leonora derived >from Leie,
Seie or Gittel. In my opinion I think that the name get out >from the name
that you have read as Leie that like on the name Lea. Seie is not a name
as I know. And the begin letter of Lea is a L and Leonora also so you
can said the Leie (Lea) is the source for Leonora Best regards

Ury Link, Amsterdam, Holland

Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer

At the time the name was written, a capital L in some forms of script
would have looked like an S. I have seen names on US censuses for
people whose name I know begins with an L, but the initial letter
certainly looks like an S. Thus the transcriber's question about the name.

Peace, Christine Crawford-Oppenheimer Hyde Park, NY