The names used in official records can show an interesting story.
Born in 1931 and baptized Stanisława Zuzanna Skrok, our mother was called Staś or Stasia as a young girl. Another nickname used for Stanisława was Stella. When she applied for a Social Security number in October 1946, she used the name Stella Sue Skrok, and she signed her name “Stella Skrok.”
Unfortunately, Marlon Brando yelling “Hey Stella” in the film A Streetcar Named Desire in 1951 took away the name Stella’s appeal for Mom. After she married in 1954, she started signing formal documents “Estelle S. Maciejewski,” so when she needed an updated social security card in 1966, that’s the name she used.
Stella Sue Skrok [Estelle S Maciejewski] Gender: Female Race: White Birth Date: 8 May 1931 Birth Place: Buffalo Erie, New York Father Name: John Skrok Mother Name: Agnes Kapuszinska Death Date: 17 Apr 2006 Type of Claim: Original SSN. Signature on SSN Card: STELLA SKROK Relationship of Signature: Signature name differs from NH’s name. Notes: Oct 1946: Name listed as STELLA SUE SKROK; Dec 1966: Name listed as ESTELLE S MACIEJEWSKI
Source Information U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.
In the next generation, the name Marcia lost its charm for our sister with one “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” episode of The Brady Bunch in 1971, so she started using the name Macy Maciejewski.
Update: Stella used the name Estelle before her marriage. On 24 February 1954, “Marriage Licenses” in the Vital Statistics – Section III of the Buffalo Evening News listed
John Maciejewski, 80 Strauss, and Estelle Skrok, 209 Stanton.
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