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Title: Jewish Surname Changes in Hungary (19th–20th Century)
Author: Farkas, Tamás
Abstract: The paper presents Jewish surname changes as a part of the phenomenon of surname changes in Hungary,
as well as a part of the history of Jewish communities in a surrounding majority. It is based on social
historical studies and current onomastic research, and applies different sources (as Jewish jokes, original
petitions or propagandistic statements of their time) to investigate the social, historical, political and
ideological background, and the characteristics of surname changes of the Jews. It gives a summary on the
origin of Jewish surnames, analyzes the role of these surnames as symbols of Jewish origin, and the
different reasons that made the surname changes so typical for the Jews. It presents the assimilation process
of persons and their personal names in general, and the history of Jewish surname changes in Hungarian
history. The characteristic features of the surnames chosen and their typical motivations are also analyzed
here, also in comparison with those of the non-Jewish society.
Subject: Jewish Surnames in Hungary
Jewish Surname in Changes
Type: Article
Rights: The following articles are © 2009 with the individual authors. They are made available free of charge from this page as a service to the community under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivative Works license version 3.0. For full details go to http://creativecommons.org.licenses/ny-nd.3.0
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/3968
Published: York University
Citation: Proceedings of the 23rd International Congress of Onomastic Sciences
ISBN: 978-1-55014-521-2
Date: 2009

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