Post by Jerry Friedman
The same kind of thing happens with names of many other origins. Li and
Lee, Abdullah and Abdulla, Kapur and Kapoor. I think the most common
systematic variations are Mc- and Mac-, and -ski and -sky.
Which makes me think about Slavic gendered surnames. In the past, a
woman with a feminine surname who emigrated to the US would likely
have married a man with a masculine (or non-gendered, or non-Slavic)
surname and would be recorded under his name, likewise any issue. But
those assumptions wouldn't apply if an Alimovna, Winalska, or Ledecka
moved to the US today. Say a lesbian couple leaves Russia because of
Putin's anti-gay laws and immigrates to an English-speaking country,
and they have a son: what family name do they use? (There ought to be
some examples of this now.) If you're a transgender Pole or enby
Slovak, do the authorities make it possible to change the gender
marking on your name?
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