If you were forced to convert to Christianity and forced to come up with a new name, what would you do? How could you rebel without being killed or exiled? Some Jews had no desire to take Christian names so drew their names from nature by picking plants, bushes, trees or chose the names of places. Many surnames that are colors were chosen by Jews rather than picking Christian ones.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy a how-to for tracing ancient Jewish Ancestry available at Amazon, B&N or Ocean-Hose.