A common practice of ancestors who changed their name to assimilate into a new country, was to remove some of the letters of a name, sometimes purposely and sometimes through transcription. For example, one of my ancestors went by “Epke.” He was the son of Jacob Lion. EPIKETOS is an ancient Greek man’s name and means “newly acquired.” If you look carefully, you will see that four of the letters removed, form the name “Epke”. I have no idea if this is what my ancestor intended but it is an excellent example of what many Jews did to their names.
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