My friend is mizrahi with mizrahi parents. His last name however is not commonly used among mizrahim. His surname is “levin” and to my knowledge as an ashkenazi (i know a few levins) it’s pretty ashkenazic? What could be the reason as to why they have that surname? Does it go in the family very far? Maybe a grandpa was ashkenazi?
I’m just curious and thought it would be weird to just ask such a question to him straight up. Levin is in a way a hebrew name but it’s not it’s original “levi” which many mizrahim also have as a surname.
Can someone help me out? Does anyone else have a non mizrahi surname and is it common? Did they change it to fit in?