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


I’m not sure how my grandfather from Hungary’s family name changed from the Jewish “Loevinger” to the Hungarianized “Lanye”.  It’s an interesting question.  We always thought the name was changed to prevent anti Semitic treatment, not that it was encouraged.  We thought it was picked by my ancestors because it was the Hungarian equivalent of “Smith” a typical/generic name.

Andrea Gilles Briggs
Beverly Hills, Michigan

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