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Database of common name changes?

Database of common name changes?

Posted: 16 Aug 2011 1:49AM GMT
Classification: Query
I was researching some family who came over from Hungary. The last name Czimbek appears to be of a string of family listed in one passenger list. It was an entire family and further searches yield no results. This family would have been Jewish. I was wondering if there is a database of common names changed upon either arrival or departure in certain times and via certain areas. I.e. I know the names "Cohen" and "Levy" are frequently used to re-name families whose own names were indeterminate depending on the location they were born in (or so I was told...). Any links to a database would be great. Thanks!

Re: Database of common name changes?

Posted: 20 Apr 2012 4:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 22 Apr 2012 3:44PM GMT
I don't think there were "common" name changes. Every family was so different as to its preferences and reasonings, etc.

I HAVE heard that if the European name meant something (such as a color or animal or occupation, etc.) then sometimes they Americanized their name to the American word for it (Green, Wolf, Miller, etc. etc.)

You don't say when they came over -- Would they have been in any US Census afterwards? If so, have you tried searching for them by first names and approximate birth years (no surnames.)

I've found people by putting in their first name and their parents' first names, too.

Post what you know about them and other ancestry.com users may know something/suggest something...(I'll try to! :) )
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