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Name Change Document in NYC #names


Wendy Packer
 

Hi,
I'm looking for an official name change document for an ancestor who arrived in NYC from Poland in 1923. His Polish name (Herszman) is listed on the ship manifest, and all subsequent documents list his American name (Kirshman). Trying to track down when/if he officially changed his name. Thank you!
Wendy Packer
Researching in Ukraine: POKRYWAILO, LERNER, COHEN, HOROWITZ
Researching in Poland: Herszman, Cohen, Bojm/Baum, Goldcwajg


David Oseas
 

Wendy,

I assume that you are referring to Joseph Kirshman.  As you observed, he appears with that name in all documents in the US, such as the 1930 census.

People were free to be known by whatever name they wanted (except for purposes of fraud).  However, his "official" name change would be part of his naturalization, which can be seen here (petition #94732 , 15 Feb 1928): https://search.ancestry.com/collections/2280/records/3388277

Regards,
David Oseas

Researching:
HYMAN/HEYMAN/HEIMOWITS/CHAJMOVITS: Zemplen-Dobra, Hungary > New York
KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
KRONOWITH:
Hungary > New York
OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York  
SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel
WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles


Sherri Bobish
 


Wendy,

Did he naturalize?  Sometimes a name change occurred at time of naturalization, and was noted on the nat papers.

I believe that many people that chose to change their names did not bother with any paperwork though.

But, there are records of name changes in NY.
http://www.archives.nysed.gov/research/res_topics_gen_naturalization_name
"The court order changing a personal name is recorded in the county clerk's office in the county where the person resides."

Regards,

Sherri Bobish
Princeton, NJ


avivahpinski@verizon.net
 

See question below.

Names can be changed when applying for naturalization.  The naturalization application would be the first place to look.  Otherwise, the name change is done in a court procedure, which may be harder to find.  Also, be aware that in Russian, there is no "H" sound  - it is pronounced like "G".(or possibly a "k" sound)  "Sz"     is pronounced as "sh",  so this seems to be a spelling change rather than a name change. 

10a.  Name Change Document in NYC #names
From: Wendy Packer
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:35:30 EDT
Hi,
I'm looking for an official name change document for an ancestor who arrived in NYC from Poland in 1923. His Polish name (Herszman) is listed on the ship manifest, and all subsequent documents list his American name (Kirshman).


 

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Avivah R. Z. Pinski ,  near Philadelphia, USA


YaleZuss@...
 

Paperwork for name changes in the naturalization process is first authorized in 1906, so don't expect to find any for naturalizations before then.
 
Yale Zussman