I didn't mean to suggest that he did not change his name. What I said was that no immigration official would have changed the name for him. Gottlieb would have chosen to use the Miller spelling while Carl chose to keep the Germanic version. These were individual decisions not forced by or even suggested by an official.
Even today it is perfectly acceptable and legal to change one's name or its spelling so long as it is not done for illegal purposes or to circumvent the law in any way.
I can say with 99% certainty that if you ever find Gottlieb's passenger record, it will be with the Mueller (or Muller with umlaut on the u) spelling. I say this with 25 years of experience with researching Germans from Russian Poland.
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