My family’s original last name was Dechtiar. My family came to Philadelphia in the early 1900s from what is now Vinnitsa, Ukraine (at that time part of the Russian Empire).
My great grandfather‘s name was Meykel Leib (Hebrew name Yechiel Yehudah) but went by Leib in Europe and became Louis Deckter in the United States. He had a brother who became Abraham Deckter and moved to Rochester, New York. Their eldest brother Harry Decker first moved briefly to Philadelphia then for a number of years to Detroit and ultimately ended up in Los Angeles. My great great grandfather‘s name was Motis Dechtiar.
My great grandfather’s first cousin Meykel Leib Dechtiar ( yes, I know it’s odd that first cousins had the same exact first middle and last name) who went by Leib in in Vinnitsa, Ukraine became Louis Dickter in the Philadelphia . Only one of Louis Dickter‘s siblings came over. Her name was Hinde Dechtiar and she eventually became Anna Dickter Marshall in Philadelphia. Anna’s family eventually move to Los Angeles one of her sons got a PhD and moved there . The rest of their siblings remained in Europe and we don’t know what happened to them. Their father was named Henoch Dechtiar and their mother was named Gittel Lansky Dechtiar . They were from Vinnitsa, Ukraine also.
Hopefully, someone here will see a possible connection to my family.