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Re: relatives

Posted: 6 Mar 2010 11:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Okin
Hello-

All of my family is from Russia and we immigrated to the U.S. in the 1980’s when I was a child, after waiting many years to get permission to come. My grandfather’s name was Abraham Okin, but he changed his name to Аркадий (Arkadyie) in Russia because it was very hard for Jews with Jewish names to work and live there, as Russia was very anti-Semitic. He had a brother named ,Изак (Izaac) Okin who worked for the МПС - Ministry of Railway Travel. His brother had one son with his wife Clara, his name is Михаил (Mikhael, Misha in Russian, Michael in English). They also lived in Moscow. My grandfather worked as a construction engineer/building project developer and had one son, my father, who had one daughter, me. The family lived in Moscow, but the family roots were from further east.My great-grandfather’s name was Моисей (Moses or Moshe)and he was from Belarus. He died in 1922 or 1925 (my father isn't sure which as it was long before he was born). His wife’s name was Хава (Chava). She died much later and my grandmother remembers that she had relatives in America, although she doesn’t know if they were Okins from her husband’s side of the family or her own side of the family (her maiden name that we don’t know). My grandfather died in 1988, in Moscow. He was 70 years old.
Personally, I have never met anyone with the same last name as me and think it is not very common for a Jewish name, at least it wasn't in Russia according to my mother and father. My mother has told me that it might come from a type of fish.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
beryl okin 9 Dec 1999 6:07AM GMT 
rokin8448 16 Jun 2000 7:05PM GMT 
Susan Okin Goldsmith 3 Oct 2000 7:50AM GMT 
Rona D. Okin 3 Oct 2000 1:40PM GMT 
Susan O Goldsmith 6 Oct 2000 10:58AM GMT 
marypoe126 7 Mar 2010 6:38AM GMT 
LEWIS OKIN 31 Mar 2001 8:36PM GMT 
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