I am delighted to see others research Haiks from the Beirut area. Two big question areas: 1.Was the name Haik changed from Hayek, as I've been told? If so when and where did that happen? I heard there is a Beirut streetnamed after our family, but I don't know if it's Haik or Hayek. Hayek seems more common; I've seen it repeatedly in Leb organizational leadership lists and have no idea if we are related. Oddly, I have learned that the word Haik refers to Armenians, and is even the name of a DC-based Armenian think tank. I wonder if there's any connection there?
2.When and where did my grandfather, Espir Saba Haik, first came to the US? I've gotten and have written versions of the story of his forced flight from Beirut as a stowaway on a United Fruit Freighter, but such circumstances provide no documentation. I was told Espir came in first to New Orleans, around the turn of the century (but that's vague)and he helped his widowed mother, three brothers, and two sisters follow. They lived and had a business in the now famous Pontalba Apartments on Jackson Square, later in Bogalusa, La. Any facts, memories, related Lebanese immigrant tales, or research tips would be much appreciated. Dolly, Pensacola, FL and Plattsburgh NY www.berthelotconsulting.pen.net