For what it's worth, my mother's maiden name (which is
Ukrainian) has 3 spellings, all of which are used by my family in
Canada. They all come from the same root Ukrainian word, but somewhere
in the processing of government documents, the ignorant bureaucrat
couldn't make out what the heck these people were saying their name
was. So, he just spelled it the way he thought it sounded. The funny
thing is that my family nearly all live in the Province of Saskatchewan,
Canada, yet they still have still have different spellings--we're
talking second and third cousins here.
Again, I will cite my Premier, Roy Romanow. His name derives
from Romanov. I would almost bet money yours does too. He's most
certainly Ukrainian, so are 25% or so of the people in Saskatchewan. His
name is fairly common, and I know there are various spellings.
If your name truly comes from Romanov, you should be proud. Not
only is it Ukrainian, but it is a fairly regal last name (the Czarist
From one Ukrainian to another...
(even though my name is French-Alsatian,
I'm still mostly a Uke.)
My surname (married name) is from the Ukraine to Mundare, Alberta and
relatives go by Sheremata, Sheremeta and Szeremata. There are more
Sheremata/Sheremeta/Szeremata(s) in Saskatchewan. I haven't found a
connection <yet>, but they also have three spellings in the same extended