Douglas is partially right: the ellis island site does have some problems like typos but keep in mind that the errors may have happened due to the immigrants themselves. Syrian-Lebanese names are a great challenge, both with the Ellis Island records and elsewhere. Immigrantes often changed/shortened/simplified/translated their names. It probably made sense to them then. And now we have to "pay the price" but searching and finding can be fun.
For Ellis Island: try searching for the patronymic or for other persons of the family that came later. And always check the real manifest (if available). If you just check the "text version", you are likely to have quite a few typos. But remember that volunteers read and typed this information from the manifests (loads of them) so we should be more than forgiving about such errors!
If you like, send me the names of your grandparents, dates and approximate ages and I'll have a go for you as well.
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