23152Re: Ignac to Jim
- Sep 5, 2009--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "nilo3rak" <piekielnik@...> wrote:
>my great grand father was a ignatz everyone called Nate he also worked in Pa mines but dont know when he came over wish i did.
> Working in the mines of western Pennsylvania, my grandfather became Jim. I always supposed it was easier and quicker for some of the managers to say, "Jim" instead of Ignac.
> I found other instances of the Jim to Ignac transition. Renaming in this case seems to be an American cultural response in favor of a one-syllable name. On the other hand, perhaps grandfather felt more American with his new name.
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