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Possible De-Magyarized Family Name

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Possible De-Magyarized Family Name

Posted: 4 Jul 2013 11:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Szopcsák, Sopcak, Sofjak
I have a question about Magyarization and a possible De-Magyarized surname. My ancestors came from Dubovica in the early 20th century (Dobo at the time) and had the surname Szopcsák on passenger lists (an obviously Magyarized version). However, one of my relatives had a baptismal certificate for one of the children who was born here not too long after they arrived. The certificate is in Slovak and lists the surname as Sofjak. Is it possible that Sofjak is the original De-Magyarized family name? The modern-day surname is Sopcak, which I believe is just a simplified version of Szopcsák.

The father's name in Hungarian is János Szopcsák, The baptism is for his first-born son, which I assume he named after himself.. it's listed as "Jan Sofjak".

This is the only SLovak-language record I have for anyone in the family, most records are either Latin or Hungarian (or English once in the U.S.).
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
David Benjami... 4 Jul 2013 5:29PM GMT 
ZlaticaBeca 4 Jul 2013 6:42PM GMT 
David Benjami... 5 Jul 2013 2:37AM GMT 
ZlaticaBeca 5 Jul 2013 3:05AM GMT 
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