Hungary SIG #Hungary Name Betreas = Erzebet #hungary

Sam Schleman <Samara99@...>

Hello all.

I have come across a relative whose name in the birth register in Szabolcs
County was Erzebet, as was her name on the ship's manifest in 1921. However,
no one in the family recognized her with that name, in that she was known as
Betreas for the remainder of her life.

Out of curiosity, did she completely change the name by which she was
called, or could Betreas be considered a variation of Erzebet, such as
Elizabeth becoming Betty in the US?


Sam Schleman
Malvern, PA

Moderator: Betreas is a relatively uncommon female name that may be a version of Beatrice. As many H-SIG subscribers have pointed out, Hungarian-Jewish immigrants, like all immigrants and, indeed, like all Americans, picked new names for many different reasons. The fact that most Hungarian Erzebets might become Elizabeth or Betty doesn't mean that some might have decided to become Beatrice or Betreas after arriving in the US.

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