My last maiden name is Logan and I want to know if I am of Jewish descent. Logan was my grandmother's last name and she was from New York. I attend synangogue on Saturday having always been drawn to Judiasm.


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There are Jews with last names that sound non Jewish and there are non Jews with last names that sound Jewish. A last name in itself would not prove whether one is a Jew or not. Jewishness is also determined via the mother, and it is possible that a Jewish lady married a non Jewish man by the last name of Logan, and now there is a Jewish Logan.

Per Wikipedia the name Logan seems to stem from Scotland. Most likely it is not Jewish, however it is always possible. Names were changed when people arrived in the USA. I would recommend that you discuss this with a competent Rabbi and a genalogist, who may be able to help you delve deeper into your past.

The surname Logan is a territorial name, likely derived from the lands of Logan in present Ayrshire, Scotland. The earliest record of the surname is of Robert Logan who is recorded as witnessing the resignation of the lands of Ingilbristoun in 1204. The name is variously recorded throughout the 13th century

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    This reminds me of the well known story of Sean Ferguson - who said, when the Ellis Island immigration officer asked his name "ich schoen vergessen" (I have completely forgotten). As Gershon Gold says, however, Jewishness is via the maternal line, whereas surnames are normally through the paternal line, so there is no real connection.
    – Epicentre
    Jan 12, 2014 at 12:25

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