Hungary SIG #Hungary *re: wisdom on name transliterations? #hungary

Tom Venetianer <tom.vene@...>


You raise a very important point in genealogical research, mainly
that of East European Jewish subjects surnames spellings. Borders,
rulers and languages have changed so much in that particular region
that it is almost *impossible* to establish the concept of EXACT

In my own experience, I found over 15 different variations for the
family name Venetianer which is quite an unique surname. What can
then be said of common surnames such as Weisz, Klein or Schwartz?

Also, never forget that surnames could change according to the
predominant language at a given period of time. In Hungary, for
example, "magyarositas" was a very common practice. Wolf became
Farkas, Stern became Csillag, Weisz became Feher, Feldman became
Mezo:s or Mezei and Klein, Kiss (and so on). The same happened in
other countries of Eastern Europe. Even sephardi Jews, who fled >from
the Inquisition, took German names when they emigrated to German
speaking countries (Montefiori became Blumenthal, Nogueira turned
into Nussbaum and so on).

My personal opinion is that ALL variations must be investigated. One
way to establish if a given spelling variation is relevant is to run
a Daitch-Mokotoff (D-M) soundex test. Just to make my point, how
close are the spellings of the surnames Venetianer and Finazie? In
D-M soundex they are almost **identical**! (D-M # 763690 and 764000)

the best

At 00:00 -0600 03.01.01, Hungarian SIG digest wrote:
>| Date: Mon, 01 Jan 2001 19:46:23 -0500
>| X-Message-Number: 5
>| I have been entering general data into a spreadsheet for a particular
>| Hungarian county for posting on H-SIG, and am wondering whether the group
>| has any wisdom on the most appropriate method to deal with last name
>| spelling issues. ... If anyone has any views on this, please let
>| me know.
>| --Joan Hartman
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Tom Venetianer <>
Sao Paulo - Brazil

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