I have several ancestors who changed their name from ABERMAN to ABBEY.
My grandfather Abraham Aberman was born about 1886 in Kishinev, Russia, the eldest of six children of parents Meyer Lazar Averman and Clara (aka Chavel; maiden name unknown). Meyer was a soldier, and Clara was a merchant who probably ran a dress shop. They had three boys and three girls:
1. Abraham Aberman, born about 1886 in Kishinev, Russia; married Fannie Fellman [in NYC?] before 1915; died of a heart attack in 1936 2. Luba Aberman [ABBEY], born 1889 in Kishinev, Russia; married Morris Wolfe; died in 1962; they had three children. Morris died in 1924, leaving Luba to care for her young children alone (the youngest being only a year old.) Luba had a dress shop while she was raising her children. 3. David “Dave” Aberman, born 1891 in Odessa, Russia [may have been born in Kishinev; see WWI draft registration info below]; married Bessie [?] who was three years younger; she was born in NY of parents who were born in Russia. He died in 1941. They had a daughter [Gladys]. He emigrated to the US in 1909, was naturalized in 1918 [?] He worked as a salesman [dry goods?] in 1920. They lived in Manhattan. [info from 1920 Census.]
4. Marie Antoinette Aberman [ABBEY], born 1894 in Odessa, Russia; married Armand Tokatyan; died in 1941. Armand was a famous tenor for the Metropolitan Opera in NYC; Marie was a voice teacher. Their son, Leon Tokatyan, was a screenwriter and creator of the Lou Grant Show. An obituary for Leon can be found at: [http://www.ptreyeslight.com/stories/may22/leon.html]
5.Harold Aberman [ABBEY], born 1896 in Odessa, Russia; he was a Broadway actor and singer. Harold Aberman changed his name to Harold Abbey, which is the name he used in his career as an actor and singer. He performed in numerous play productions on Broadway in Manhattan, NYC between 1920 and the 1940’s. He starred in Lassie [musical comedy] at the Nora Bayes Theatre on 44th street, then in the Casino Theatre on Broadway, in 1920; June Love [musical comedy] at the Knickerbocker Theatre on Broadway, in 1921; The Hotel Mouse [musical comedy] at the Shubert Theater on 44th Street in 1922; Bitter Sweet [operetta] at the 44th Street Theatre in 1934; and Strip for Action [original play] at the National Theatre on Broadway [later known as the Billy Rose Theater], in 1942 – 1943. A list and description of the plays and theatres he performed in can be seen on the Internet Broadway Database [http://www.ibdb.com]. A photo of Harold Abbey can be seen in the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library website (http://digitalgallery.nypl.org).
6. Laura Aberman [ABBEY], born 1899 in Odessa, Russia; married Nathan Schwartz
Would like to hear from anyone who knows this family.