Re: Earliest Use of Surnames in Romania? #romania #names


Valentin Lupu
 

Hi Joe,
 Bukovina in the18-19 centuries was into Austro-Hungarian Empire. Surnames in the Empire were required by law since 1787, for tax purposes.
See this paragraph from YIVO Encyclopedia - Names and Naming:

"The great majority of European Jews took their surnames from the end of the eighteenth century to the middle of the nineteenth, when state legislation required the adoption of hereditary names. The first law was promulgated in 1787 by Emperor Joseph II and was applied to all Jews of the Habsburg Empire, most of whom lived in Galicia. Jews were free to choose their names subject to approval of Austrian officials. If a Jew had not chosen a name, one was assigned. The choice depended only on an Austrian official’s imagination."

Valentin Lupu
ISRAEL

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