My great grandfather John Nevitsky, sometime between 1920 and 1930, had changed his name to Callis. My cousin Lorin Burden and I are working on our family tree and are very interested in what inspired the name change. One story that came down to us, but doesn't historically pan out is that there had been some scuttlebutt that one of the eastern european empires wanted to conscript from "across the pond." I say doesn't pan out because as I say, the name change was in the twenties, after the war that ended all of the eastern european empires (i.e., austro-hungarian, prussian, and ottomann). Consequently, we'd love to learn the truth. Are there any Callis's out there who've heard a similar story, but know the real cause for the change. It appears that although most of his children were emancible, the scope of the name change included all of them, so we're all Callises -- except myself: I legally changed my name to Nevitsky, not knowing at the time that the original spelling was Navitsky. In any case, we are of Czech origin. John Navitsky was a coal miner. His wife was a Susanna or something like that; and nicknamed on the 1920 census as Susie.