There is an online book of lists of official individual name changes
published in 1895.
The foreword is in Hungarian, but the rest is a list of names taken,
followed by the original family name, first name, place and sometimes
It's basically equivalent to changing your name via deed poll.
Please note that these name changes were applied for by individuals to the
Hungarian government and not forced upon the people.
Unfortunately because the new name is first, and the old name is second,
you'll have to know the new name to find the old one.
This is a big problem if you have the old name and want to see what the new
Some name changes are simple - like FISCHER to HALAZS, (they mean the same)
but others have absolutely no rational connection.
Also, in the foreword, it describes the history of how names occurred and
I'll cite you one example from it.
~its and ~vits ~vich are localized versions of slavic name endings for
A genealogist of the time puzzled on this one:
How can 2 people be one? Petrovich Janko and the other Jankovich Peko .
It turns out that there was no Jankovich family at all, and that the entry
in the birth record was:
Janko, son of Peko. Or was that Peko, son of Janko?
Here's the link:
Just click on a letter and read.
You can save these images as well.
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