I'm trying to track down some history on my father side and he told me his biological mother's surname was Berkoff, from Europe who came over with her husband, who's surname was Belchek (not exactly sure of the spelling at this stage). His mother's first name in English was Diane, but of course, I'm sure it wasn't that in Yiddish or the country of origin they came from. That's a bit sketchy... as they both die when my father was an infant. But my father did tell me that he had four uncles, his mother's brothers, who he knew for years when at NYU in the '40's. He feels his parents came over around 1918, or there bouts, but I can't seem to find much. As you mentioned, there are many Berkoff's in the states now, Jewish and not... my family is Jewish and I know my father's parents as well were. Just wondering if there might be some connection... ??
Thanks much for sharing...