How common is German immigrants changing their name upon arrival 2 USA?

+9 votes
looking for information on Bach-572 before migrating to America. Bernard. Arrival 1888 Born-1861 desperately seeking info
in Genealogy Help by Stephanie Bach G2G4 (4.1k points)
Check the passenger list for the ship. Veendam, as shown on his naturalization papers.  He may not have come by himself or if there is a mispelling, it will be easier to spot it there.

IMHO, Very! 

Duesler / Dussler / Düssler / Dußler from Ulm / Blaubeuren, Alb-Donau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany / Seißen, Alb-Donau-Kreis, Baden-Wüerttemberg, Germany, .

This is the record of his arrival at Castle Garden in 1890.

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+4 votes
Very common,not only German,but other countries that immigrate.

Immigration officials would Americanize there names.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (917k points)
May I ask if someone would please help or point me in the direction I should go....
Bach doesn't look to me as if it was changed, perfectly German as in Johann Sebastian...
There is no first or middle name on papers??? There is no paper trail before his arrival is all.
Bernard in German would be Bernhard. But without any other localizing knowledge looking for him in Germany would be like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack.

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