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Re: Please answer!

Posted: 21 Nov 2011 9:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes and no. Some did change their name but it was not common. If they did change their name, it was usually to reflect a more anglicized spelling or easier pronunciation for those speaking English. Even less common was to change to a translation - Czarnecki = Schwartz = Black; or Kreutz = Cross. Least common would be to adapt or adopt an entirely different surname.

I am not fluent in any of the Slavic languages (I think it is probably more Polish than anything else) but as far as I can tell it is not translatable. I also tried to translate brook and stream into several languages but came up with nothing remotely even close to Kozatek or Koziatek.

I have been reading a variety of forums like this for many years and it seems to me that name changes were a bit more common within Jewish tradition but I have no hard facts to back that up.

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