"His name was changed at Ellis Island #usa #general


Families often changed their names or at least the spellings. I found this on both sides of my mother's family.  Zlates became Slatas and Sanktin became Sancton.  The Zlates change came some time after 1925, given its use on my mother's birth certificate. I am not certain when Sancton was changed.
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC

Arlene Beare

The person writing down the name spelled it incorrectly probably due to the accent being difficult to understand.  Names were not changed at Ellis Island.
Arlene Beare


On one side of my family, the name Jashonovskey was changed to Jay (most likely spelling or brevity).
Roz Bornheim-Allina