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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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