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Old 04-28-2013, 02:44 PM
 
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Just wondering if there are any people out there that are specifically familiar with names ending in -off, such as Aronoff, Tordoff, etc. I had relatives that came from England, and I was told they were 100% English, but I was wondering if this last name is more derivative of Russian, or Eastern European?

Sometimes Russian names are similar with an ending of -ov, such as Kasparov, Andropov, Chekov. Just wondering if this would differentiate ore eliminate any chance of Russian ancestry?
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:15 PM
 
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-off is just an alternative (old-fashioned) spelling of -ov. That would lead you to Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, etc.
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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It really depends on the individual name. Aronoff, for example, is Jewish whereas Tordoff is English.

Aronoff Name Meaning Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): alternative spelling of Aronov.
Aronoff Name Meaning & Aronoff Family History at Ancestry.com

Tordoff Name Meaning English (Yorkshire): unexplained. This name has had a long association with Wibsey in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, but its etymology is unknown.
Tordoff Name Meaning & Tordoff Family History at Ancestry.com
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:48 AM
 
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Notice though that Jewish names ending in -off still come from the aforementioned countries, even though they might be predominantly or even exclusively Jewish.

Of course, by sheer fluke there might be names in other languages ending in -off, ike the one PA2UK mentioned or Flintoff.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:33 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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YMMV, though usually -off is as stated above eastern European.

You might put the name in ancestry's online dictionary at this link, in case they have it in their database: Family Name Meaning & Family Family History at Ancestry.com
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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My name is a mystery. When my parents presented their papers on landing in Canada some bureaucrat asked my father what was his name...and the record keeper gave it his own spelling and since then my surname is semi-bastardized ...it should either end in lov or off...or if female they stick an A on the end..Bachlov - Bachloff - Bachlow- and finally Bachlova....The bureaucrat spelled it Bachlowiey...cos he was hard of hearing...or something...At least I have the right spelling in Russian on my baptismal certificate. Being baptized in London England ....But--- I do not read Russian. I envy anglophones who can click on to a site and find their family history...Pretty hard when you have no real spelling for the surname.
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