Why Would Patronyms be Used Well After Formal Last Names Were Required?: Michalowicz vs. Leurie #names

Marilyn Robinson

Hi All,
1. My maternal grandmother's sister, Esther TAUFIELD, listed her maiden name as MICHALOWITZ on her daughter's birth certificate (New York, 7/1891; Gussie S.) Esther was 22 yr., making her birth year about 1869.

2. Also, her father Zelman/Solomon used MICHALOWICZ when he married in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, in 1867.

3. My maternal grandmother, Gittel/Gus & her family (Rivke [mother], Marie, Rosa, Josef, Mosi) were listed with the MICHALOWITZ surname, according to the ship's manifest, when immigrating to the US in 7/1891.
Their actual surname was LEURIE (or some alternate spelling), which morphed into LEVINE in the US.
Their paternal grandfather's name was Michal.

4. My grandmother's sister, Rose, was listed on her 8/1896 N.Y. marriage record as "Rosie MICHAELOWITZ".

According to some information in Jewishgen's info files, "In the earliest records (before surnames were in general use, in the mid-1820's), a father's patronymic might be used".

The above data was in the timeframe of 1860's-1890's. Why would they still be using a patronym and not their permanent surname at that time?

Marilyn Robinson

Searching: REICHMAN/REJCHMAN--Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Lodz, LEURIE--Lodz, MICHALOWICZ/MICHALOWITZ--Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Lodz, RUBIN--Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Warsaw, Lodz

Jill Whitehead

Quite a few members of my family reverted back to patronymic names in the UK after having been given surnames they did not like in the old country. Some who went from UK to US, or direct from old country to USA also did the same. It is not uncommon. I also have examples of both the given surname and the patronymic being used at the same time. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

Frank Schulaner

Russians of all persuasions came up with a great compromise: Given name + patronymic + family name.