Truncated Last Name?

Is it possible that the last name you think you have for a person is really a truncated version of the actual name? Could the last half of the name have been “cut off” to avoid sounding a little too ethnic? Could your VanDerWalle relative used the last name of Wall(e) instead?

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4 thoughts on “Truncated Last Name?

  1. Nan

    One son of Anton and Alvina Kulchinski shortened his name to Kull. But then, Kulchinski may not have been a real name, perhaps made up.

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