Posted By:Arturs Zageris
Subject:Re: Tracing family name
Post Date:December 26, 2012 at 12:46:22
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Forum:Latvia Genealogy Forum
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Greetings Trevor,
In 1878 Courland [Kurland] was about half of the land of Latvia. You need to specify a town to improve your chances. Jamaiker is not a Latvian name. I feel that it probably is a Jewish last name. The er ending following a place name is the reason why I think so. Berliner, Hamburger, Danciger, Goldinger are Jewish surnames. The J is not pronounced as the English J but like the y in yes.
The surname Jamaiker has to be rare. From 1850 on people in the countryside in considerable numbers moved to the capital Riga [never part of Kurland] which is home to about third of the people in Latvia. I have found addresses in Riga for two persons who may have connection to you. [1] 2007 Irina Jamaikina -- during WWII one may have wanted to hide one's Jewishness. Irina is Russian first name. [2] 1938 Izaks Jamaikers home and business address -- the s on end is Latvianization of name. Izaks is Jewish first name.