My g.grandfather was given the surname Lavin / Lavine after completing his
apprenticeship training as a paper maker in Sweden prior to 1866. "Lavin"
means avalanche in Swedish and might conform to the Government's name
committee encouragement of using "nature" names. He started using it in
America, not Sweden. I assumed he added the letter "e" to retain the Swedish
pronounciation when using the English spelling. (Swedish = similar to ravine,
English = similar to fin). I have come across a list of (4) emigrants from
Sweden from 1889-1929. They all have the letter "e" at the end of their
surnames. If Lavin is Swedish why would they possibly add the letter "e"
before they left Sweden? Any Ideas? Robert Lavine