My greatgrandfather, Beshara Elhilow immigrated to the US via Ellis Island in I'm estimating sometime between 1910 and 1920. He was a shoemaker who settled in Brooklyn, NY. His brother (I don't know his name) was already over in NYC and Beshara came to NYC to be with him and work to save money to bring the family over. He sent for the rest of his family in 1920 who came over on the Olympic via France -- his wife, Sultaneh and children, Sam, Mary, John and Said. Sam Elhilow was my grandfather. They were members of Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY and were Maronite. They were from Djezzine, Lebanon.
The name Elhilow, is supposed to be something like Hilu in Arabic. My grandfather told me it meant sweet, when speaking of bread? Also, my family changed their name to Elhilow from the Hilu immediatedly because my greatgrandfather insisted that they keep the same name that his brother was given by Ellis Island officials when he came over. (When presenting the Hilo family, they said El Hilo, meaning THE Hilo's and the Ellis Island official wrote down Elhilow.)
I would be happy to answer any other questions about my family and hear more about yours!
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