Hi all --
I'm writing this to see if anyone has any insight into the origin of the name "Kiviczora" ... a great grandfather of mine, Mr. Jacob Kiviczora, immigrated under that name, but changed his name to "Spinner" soon after arriving to the US.
We believe he may have immigrated from Poland, and the limited digging I've done has revealed one similar place name in southern Poland -- the village of Sol-Kiczora and a Carpathian mountain by the name of Kiczora. He may have also been Jewish, as we have some Ashkenazi ancestry, which we suspect might have come via him. So a couple of questions:
- does anyone have any insight into the origin of this name?
- any suggestions about anyone to contact who may be able to help with Polish or Ashkenazi last names in general?
We would love to find out more about where our great grandfather immigrated from, the circumstances of his birth and upbringing and perhaps an idea of why he may have chosen to leave behind both his name and possibly his faith.