[FPSPACE] Ron Garan family tradition -- original name in Russia was 'Gagarin'

James E Oberg jameseoberg at comcast.net
Mon Mar 28 08:03:19 EDT 2011


This story about Ron's mother in Florida 
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/florida/fl-son-launches-from-russia-20110328,0,684134.story

reports that his family tradition is that their name in Russia was also Gagarin, but was misspelled at Ellis Island [a lot of that was going around in those years -- my family from Sweden had the same thing happen; another

friend whose Ruthenian family name was 'Medved' wound up with the anglicized name 'Nedwich'].
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