Does anyone have any idea how Polish immigrants to the US would Americanize their name?
I'm having trouble tracing my great-grandparents, because I presume they Americanized their names. They immigrated from Poland in 1885.
My great-grandfather was John Feltman. To me, Feltman doesn't seem very Polish and I can't find any Polish records with that name. It's very generic, so there's a lot of records to wade through.
Any ideas what Polish name would be Americanized to Feltman?
My father insisted his first name was really "Jno" (spelled that way), which would Americanize to John.
Is that possible?
My great-grandmother at least had the very Polish name of Niespodziany (my father carefully spelled it). I've found some records that list her first name as Antonia or Antoinette or Antonina. Her name here was Emma, so I don't know if those records are even really her.
Is Antonia (or one of those variants) even a common Polish name?