Jewish Surnames (not) Explained

http://mosaicmagazine.com/tesserae/2014/01/jewish-surnames-supposedly-explained/

I take a bit of issue with the last paragraph – I think the “changed at Ellis Island” story is so common, because someone, somewhere along the way changed the name.  Either in transliterating from Cyrillic to Latin, in issuing travel documents, etc.  It’s rather silly to believe that 19th century bureaucrats were perfect record keepers with the names of a large group of poor, denigrated, subjects.

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