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Syllwasschy (Pronouced 'Silvoski')

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Re: Syllwasschy (Pronouced 'Silvoski')

Tom List Brain (View posts)
Posted: 22 Apr 2002 5:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
I doubt it.

Although it's possible the name could have been shortened on paper to 'Sylla' by some US immigration officer or other, it seems unlikely as it is so far from the full name 'Syllwasschy', as written or pronounced.

The original Hungarian spelling is Szilvassy. This was corrupted in the German spelling to Syllwasschy, but it is still pronounced the same way ('Silvashy'). If the name were to be mis-pronounced and then mis-written in English, the tendancy would be to say 'Silvoski' or 'Silvaski' and write it as such (As some of my famliy used to do).

I think it is more likely to be a German abbreviation/corruption of another European name (the Germans are just as fond of re-spelling foreign names they found hard to pronounce as the English/Americans).

I hope this helps, but you really need to talk to an expert on German-American genealogy.

Tom
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Thomas List Brain 20 Aug 2001 9:44PM GMT 
Horst + Marianne Syllwasschy 13 Nov 2001 11:15PM GMT 
luanstory 22 Apr 2002 1:04AM GMT 
Tom List Brain 22 Apr 2002 11:47AM GMT 
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