Names: Man's name change Vaclav to James
"According to the St. Procopius Church Registry my father's first name was
Vaclav at birth but on every other record that I have he is named James or
Thank you all for your comments.
I think that it is mostly likely that my father's name change from Vaclav to
James was an attempt to fit in.
Why choose James in lieu of Vaclav? Maybe James was a popular choice at
that time (early 1900s in Chicago, Illinois) or maybe James (a single though
extended ascending tone) just sounds better in English than Vaclav (two hard
Since none of his family remains alive and the records are scanty, at best,
I recognize that there is no way to know.
I am still pursuing the St. Procopius records to see if there is a record of
a Roman Catholic Confirmation - perhaps he adopted "James" at that time and
used it thereafter eventually substituting a "B" for the "V" as his middle
initial. His name would have progressed from Vaclav to Vaclav James, to
James (Vaclav), to James V. and finally to James B.
Interesting to speculate, impossible to prove.
Charles "Chuck" Tintera
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