HARRIS #lithuania


Jill <kayjd@...>
 

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone would have any good ideas about last
names...my family in Lithuania apparently had a name like
Heir...Ger...but when they came to America it was Harris...would anyone
know which surname would be most likely? I haven't been able to find
out any more information.

Thanks in advance for your help,

Jill Kamenetz
Hyattsville, MD


Barry Spinak <punim@...>
 

Harris may have been the Anglicized name "given" an immigrant with a last
name such as Hersh (Gersh, or Girsh) or Hershowitz (Girshowitz, Girshovich,
et al.). In my family, Hyman Hirsh Perch (Peretz?) lost his last name to an
impatient immigration official who recorded his name as Hyman Harris. Just
another example of a Jewish immigrant being "harassed."

Barry Spinak


Martin Fischer
 

Jill,
My wife had an ancestor whose family name was Harris, but their original
surname was Krewianski or Krivyonski. How did they get Harris >from that?
When they came to America, they took their father's first name and made
it a last name! So Harry Krewianski was the father of Golda Leah Harris,
Moomie Chave Harris and Gershon Harris.
Martin Fischer
Oak Park, ILL.


----Original Message Follows----
I was wondering if anyone would have any good ideas about last
names...my family in Lithuania apparently had a name like
Heir...Ger...but when they came to America it was Harris...would anyone
know which surname would be most likely? I haven't been able to find
out any more information.
Thanks in advance for your help,
Jill Kamenetz
Hyattsville, MD


richard_wolpoe@...
 

Dear Jill,

Ger = convert
Latin H becomes G in Russian and Russian G becomes H in English (sometimes)
Therefore Ger becomes Her,

Harris, probably an ellis Island type of Aglicization of Her....

Rich Wolpoe
Teaneck, NJ

Researching Max Nochum-Mendel Levin of Bialystok





Hi,

my family in Lithuania apparently had a name like
Heir...Ger...but when they came to America it was Harris...would anyone
know which surname would be most likely?

Jill Kamenetz
Hyattsville, MD


Curiousyl@...
 

In a message dated 99-03-22 08:26:53 EST, you write:

<< In my family, Hyman Hirsh Perch (Peretz?) lost his last name to an
impatient immigration official who recorded his name as Hyman Harris. Just
another example of a Jewish immigrant being "harassed." >>

Barry - is Harris the name on the passenger arrival/immigration list?


Moderator's Note: Please continue the Harris and Yankel discussions privately.