Those who know me well know that one of my pet peeves in genealogy is the biggest myth in American history: that anyone’s name was ever changed at Ellis Island. There is not a single documented case of anyone’s name ever being changed during the entire time the immigration station was open.
Ellis Island was staffed by professionals who spoke languages from around the world. They did not have difficulty communicating. People’s names changed either before they left for America, or after they settled here.
One thing that may confuse people into thinking that names were changed is the variant spellings in documents. (more…)