|Subject:||Re: My friend's weird surname|
|Author:||Cleveland Kent Evans (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)|
|Date:||March 19, 2007 at 8:45:13 AM|
|Reply to:||My friend's weird surname by Auriel|
This is probably a "half-translation" of Morgenstern, the German surname (often Jewish but not always) that means "morning star".
There are other examples of "half-translations" or "partial Anglicizations" among Jewish families in the USA. Greenberg and Greenbaum, for example, are from Grünbaum and Grünberg, while Silverberg is from the German or Yiddish Silberberg.
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