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Yiddish surnames related to 'Morrison' #ukraine #names


Dcmeerson@...
 

My paternal grandfather was born in Odessa in 1876. Around 1900 he transliterated his surname from Cyrillic MEEPCOH to Roman MEERSON, and remained Michael Meerson for the rest of his long life. Sometimes when I spell my surname to English speakers they write "Merrison" because a double r comes more naturally than a double e and I often have to spell it twice. From "Merrison " to "Morrison" is not a stretch.
Daniel Meerson
Thetford, VT


Ellen
 

If the name isn't "son of Morris," it could be Morozov or Morosoff (which actually means frost).  

A website I looked at suggested Moryson and Moritsan as possible alternatives, indicating that these surnames are found in Poland and Ukraine, respectively.  I don't know whether that's true.

Ellen Morosoff Pemrick
Saratoga County, NY

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Researching WEISSMAN/VAYSMAN (Ostropol, Ukraine); MOROZ and ESTRIN/ESTERKIN (Shklov & Bykhov, Belarus); LESSER/LESZEROVITZ, MAIMAN, and BARNETT/BEINHART/BERNHART (Lithuania/Latvia); and ROSENSWEIG/ROSENZWEIG, KIRSCHEN, and SCHWARTZ (Botosani, Romania)


Steve Chernoff
 

My Morrison ancestors from Ukraine (Uman and Vinnitsa) were Morofsky or something very similar.
 
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Michele Lock
 

I have located the 1920 New York City marriage record for a great aunt who was born in Ukraine (in or near Odessa), in about 1900. In the record she lists her mother's maiden name as 'Morrison', which I am certain is the Americanized form of the original Yiddish surname. My question is - what might the original name have been? I know that here in the US, 'Morris' was often chosen for a man whose Hebrew/Yiddish name was Moshe/Mausha/Movsha, so I am thinking the surname may have been a variant of 'son of Moshe', such as Moskowitz, Moiseev, and so on. What other options might there be for 'Morrison'?

Michele Lock
Alexandria, VA

searching for:
Lak/Lack/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziaia, Lithuania
Leybman/Leapman/Lipman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Kalmonowitz in Minsk Gubernia, Belarus
Olitsky in Alytus/Suwalki/Lithuania-Poland
Gutman in Czestokowa, Poland
Kagan/Kogan in Odessa, Ukraine