I'm working on a story right now set in present day Los Angeles, and am working on naming my main character's extended family members, and am utterly stuck on what to do about her (recurring character) grandmother. The family is Jewish, German on one side and Russian on the other.
The grandmother usually goes by the Anglo name "Carolyn" (much in the way my Italian great-grandfather went by Jack instead of Giacomo), but I'm trying to suss out what her real name would be. She was born in New York in 1921 to Russian Jewish immigrant parents.
I've Googled "russian equivalent of carolyn" and the result returned was this one, but as I can't read Russian myself, I'm not sure if that's a translation or a straight transliteration. I've also tried browsing the Russian and Yiddish names at BehindTheName.com and the Russian-English Name Cross Index at one particular genealogy site, but I haven't really come up with anything that works.
I'm hoping for something that makes a decent phoentic match, but so far, no luck yet, so I'm throwing myself on your collective mercy and asking for help. Does anyone have any suggestions?