Call All Solomons (Surname from Ioannina)
During our museum’s closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have not remained idle. In fact Kehila Kedosha Janina has been busier than usual. We have had numerous requests for genealogical research and have added to our Family Tree collection. We are now working on Solomon. Solomon, as a surname, is typical of Ioannina (Yanniote) surnames, having derived from a male Hebrew first name. As a surname it does not appear in the male birth records from Ioannina until 1894. Most Solomons have in their oral history that the name was something else but became “Solomon” as they gave their name for certain documents (especially during emigration) since they gave their father’s name, which in this instance was Solomon.
We are asking all those who have a Solomon surname originating from Ioannina to get in touch with us at [email protected] or through Facebook. Do send family photos. Sometimes facial recognition helps us find relatives.
We are particularly looking to locate a Haim Solomon born in Ioannina around 1890. There is an oral history that he died around 1914 in Ioannina.