*Re: Surname TOTH #hungary

Robert Neu

While I don't want to beat "Toth" to death, I am not aware that it is specifically a "Jewish"
name. I have known a number of non Jewish non relatad to each other Hungarians whose last name is


Moderator: I think that we have, in fact, beaten this topic to death. This thread is now ended unless someone has something new to add that will be of use to those researching TOTH family.
--- Tom Venetianer <tom.vene@...> wrote:

Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 17:16:48 -0300
To: "H-SIG" <h-sig@...>
From: Tom Venetianer <tom.vene@...>
Subject: [h-sig] *Re: Surname TOTH

Dear all,

There is a bit of a confusion about certain Hungarian ethnic expressions in use mainly in the
19th century and early 20th, such as TO'T (Slovak), RA'C (Serbian), OLA'H (Romanian), SV'AB
(Hungarian German, which by the way is the Hungarian word for cockroach), GA'DZSI (gypsy), VLAH
(Bosnian), RUSZKY (Russian) and so on.

They all were kind of pejorative, at least demeaning, much like disparaging expressions such as
PATTY, INJUN, and GRINGO are in the US. And when somebody took such designation as a surname,
mainly Jews, it somehow meant that it was forced on the person.


At 00:05 -0500 22.06.2006, H-SIG digest wrote:
Subject: Re: Surname TOTH
From: tom klein <h-sig@...>
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2006 04:50:38 -0400
X-Message-Number: 6

Toth means slovakian, and the -th is pronounced as if the h wasn't there (not like the english
th). some other nationalities that sometimes appear as surnames: Horvath (croatian), Legyel
(polish), Nemeth (german).

Tom Venetianer <mailto:tom.vene@...>
Sao Paulo - Brazil

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