Hungary SIG #Hungary naming customs #hungary


Alex Miller <AMiller@...>
 

I had just completed the Varanno 1869 Census transcription.

The naming patterns of the 19th century Hungarian Jews is pretty unique =
and perhaps of some research value.
One trend here, which also is the general trend is the focus on a few =
accepted 'household' names.

Twenty names (10 male, 10 female) account for 50% of the total names in =
the census!

Some common names are in honor of royalty(Josef, Leopold, Therese/Rezi, =
Erzsebet/Betti?, Sigmond?)
But why would Herman be such a common name?

Seems as if families had a naming script(as in mine):
E.g.--David, Ignaz, Herman. Zali , Leni, Rezi, Hani are recurring over =
and over even in seemingly unrelated families.

The other, more obvious trend is the rarity of 'real Hebrew' and Yidish =
names, the bulk here belonging to the foreigners in Varanno.(43 and 34 =
respectively, or just over 10%)

Common Names Occurrence
Fani 29
Mor/Moses 28
Hani 27
Herman 24
Abraham 22
Jakab 21
Leni 20
Rezi 16
David 15
Leopold 15
Ignacz 14
Samu 14
Rosa 13
Betti 12
Eszter 11
Josef 10
Kati 10
Lazar 10
Mali 10
Sali 10
Israel 8
Markus 8
Mina 8
Nathan 8
Rifka 8
Volf 8
Adolf 8
Maria 8
Cilli 7
Sara 7
Bernath 6
Izsak 6
Juda 6
Zsigmond 6
433


Hebrew=09
Aba 1
Aron 3
Benjamin 1
Chaim 3
Debora 2
Enoch 1
Joel 2
Jonas 3
Juda 6
Nathan 8
Nahman 1
Lea 2
Noa 1
Pinkasz 3
Rachle 1
Rebeka 3
Toba 2
43

Yddish=09
Berko 3
Blima 1
Duma? 1
Fischel 2
Gitel 1
Haczko 1
Heszkel 1
Icko 1
Judko 3
Leiba 5
Malke 1
Mirel 3
Perl 2
Pesl 1
Sruly 1
Sura 1
Szende 1
Volf 8
34

Hungarian=09
Alexander 1
Antonia 1
Dora 2
Edmond 1
Emilia 1
Emma 1
Ernestine 1
Gisela 3
Gusztav 1
Gyula 1
Ilka 1
Ilona 2
Izidor 2
Janos 1
Julia 4
Karolina 1
Karoly 1
Maria 8
Mihaly 1
Miklos 1
Odon 1
Othilia 3
Paula 1
Sandor 3
Sofia 1
Therese 4
Vali 2
Victor 1
Zsigmond 4
55

Best Regards,

Alex Miller
Reading, PA

Moderator VK: Thanks for your analysis. It would be interesting to see if these patterns occur in other communities.

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