Variations on Solomonski? #names

Esther Landau

Hello! I’m brand new to this list serve. I’ve been finding little info on my GGM, Sara Landau, née Solomonski. I’m wondering how many variations there are on the spelling of that name because as it is it seems rare. How likely is it that it was originally, say, Slonimsky? Thanks in advance for your help!

Esther Landau


Hello. My gg aunt Emilie Davidow married Joseph Salamonski and possibly for interest my ggg grandmother was Rachel Landau who married Chief Rabbi Salomon Abraham Tiktin.
Karen Saunders
Melbourne, Australia


Solomonski means "son of Solomon", starting with the Hebrew root for Solomon.  The German root version is Zalomon.  The Yiddish alternative to Solomon/Zalomon would be Shloyme or Shlomo, derived from 2 Samuel 5:14.   If your ancestor had a conventional Russian connection, the name might have been Solomonovich.  The According to Beider's surname dictionary, there are over 100 variants that are based on these primary roots.  Although Solomonski as spelled is not common, that is because it is one of many potential variants of the same basic surname.  Therefore, you were wise to wonder how many variations there are.  The answer is...many.

It is safe to exclude Slonimsky as a variant spelling.  Two of my ancestors came from 30 miles away, so I immediately recognized Slonimsky as being associated with Slonim, a town in present-day Belarus.  Solomonski and Slonimski have somewhat similar spellings, but they are completely different surnames, with one derived from a person, the other derived from a place.  Beider's dictionary also recognizes that distinction.

Hope this helps.   Good luck in your search.

Ken Domeshek

Damesek, Braverman in Nesvizh
Kartusinsky, Sinienski, Stasinsky in Nowogrudek, Korelitz, Lyubcha, Negnewicze, Rutitsa.

Odeda Zlotnick

On Sat, Aug 27, 2022 at 10:48 PM, <kdomeshek@...> wrote:
It is safe to exclude Slonimsky as a variant spelling
I agree with this statement - with one caveat: It could be a variant, erroneous transcription.  Some transcriptions are more that a little imaginative, and I have no problem thinking of a transcriber that misread the name, or even a clerk who misheard it.
Do your best to see the original records.
Odeda Zlotnick
Jerusalem, Israel.

Roberta Apte

My family is Slomiansky from Sidra, Poland. I've run across all the name variations you mentioned in researching my family. They immigrated to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire area in the 1880's. 
Perhaps we are cousins.
Roberta Slome Apte

Michele Lock

I can see why you have asked about the surname ‘Slonimsky’, since Jewishgen’s Unified Database does show records for this surname, when I’ve searched on ‘Sounds Like’ for Solomonsky. I agree with others above, that these two surnames are not the same. And I agree that you should get an image for the record that includes the Solomonski surname. Actually, for whatever country your great grandmother or her children immigrated to, I would try to get all the records that would include the great grandmother’s maiden surname, like marriage and death records of her children, as well as the death record for Sara Solomonski Landau if she immigrated, to confirm that the surname is Solomonski or something similar.

However, on Jewishgen, I do see records that come up for the surname Solomyansky/Solomianski (various spellings), which is an equivalent to Solomonski. Also ‘Sholomiansky’ (various spellings), ‘Zalomanski’ (various spellings), Salomonsky, Zelmansky, etc.

I also see some Slomiansky listings, which might be different from all the Slonimski records.

You can search on the surname with wildcards, like ‘is exactly’ S?l*m*sk*, or also try Z?l*m*sk*, to avoid all the Slonimski records.

Good luck.

Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus


My family originated in and around Slonim and the original name is Slonimsky, though sometimes it is incorrectly written as Slominsky (on my father's birth certificate, for one).  I suspect most families with the name Slonimsky came from that area, as "sky" means "from."  That said, I know a Solomon family that changed their name to Sloan, so anything is possible, I suppose. 
Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC


My family was also variations of your own Solomonski.  I found ours coming from the area of LIda, Belarus and Eisiskis, Lithuania.  The name I found furthest back was Solomianski.  All but one sibling of my grandmother's emigrated to Toronto, Canada and the name was changed to Salamansky, Salem, Saunders, etc., and even a few used their first names as their last.  If you or any others responding to this message would like to see my tree in the hope we have a connection, please let me know.  Leslie Gut-Reiken, Switzerland

Bernard Flam

Hi from Paris,
We just translated in French the testimony of Yankel CELEMENSKI who was a Bundist, a Resistant and survived Warsaw ghetto uprising : he lived later in Israel till his death.
Some Celemenski families are still living in France. 
Bernard Flam
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring of France (Bund, Skif, Workmen Circle)

Esther Landau

All great ideas, thank you, but I have zero paperwork on her, just two photos and my late dad’s word that her surname was Solomonski. I may need professional help finding any documentation. I am not even sure if she was Solomonski when she immigrated or if she had married before that. I can’t find any marriage records, any obituaries, just her listing as Sara Landau in city directories. 

I will do some more comprehensive searching on all the name variations, for sure. 

Thanks to all who weighed in!

Esther Landau