My great grandfather Aharon HaCohen Stiffelman (ca 1845-ca 1945) came to St. Louis MO from Odessa, Russia around 1900. He was married and had nine children.
The thing is, his name was actually Aharon DORIN. He was running from the Czarist police and escaped using a forged passport under the made-up name of Stiffelman. Aaron told his family next to nothing about the Dorins left behind in Russia. We're not even very sure about the spelling.
Note about the confusion of the old Russian name DORIN and the modern Hebrew one DORON. They are *not* the same. Doron means "gift." It's commonly given by Israelies as a first name to a much awaited son. It's less common in Israel as a last name.
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