Re: Hungarianization of last names in Hungary, 1890s #hungary


Peter Cherna
 

If you look at the name change records, there is a very large amount of variation. It doesn't seem like most people were constrained to a list.

It was fairly common to choose name with the same first letter or first sound, which is a plausible way that Goldmann could become Gondos.

In my family's case, Grunfeld became Cserna because the family head who made the decision apparently chose to honor his father's birth town (Csernye, which is now Bakonycsernye). 

Often but not always, members of a family jointly or sequentially adopted the same name.

A PDF scan of a book of name changes with a huge number of entries is at 

http://mek.oszk.hu/07400/07431/07431.pdf -- sorted alphabetically by new name.

These also seem to be searchable at macse.hu

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Peter Cherna, Exton PA (peter@...)
Researching CSERNA (Budapest, Székesfehérvár), GRUNFELD (Székesfehérvár), BRAUN, REINER (Budapest, Nyíregyháza, Máriapócs), EHRENFELD (Pozsony, Balassagyarmat) BRACK (Ipolykeszi)

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