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  • William C. Wormuth
    In this case Yowpa, I believe the spelling is a phonetic spelling of Jopa [Yoh-pah].  I have seen this quite often when there is spellings with Slovak J, such
    Message 1 of 12 , May 28, 2013
      In this case Yowpa, I believe the spelling is a phonetic spelling of Jopa [Yoh-pah].  I have seen this quite often when there is spellings with Slovak J, such as Zajic~ek [Zahee-cheek] for which they used Zaycek .  Macejka [Mahts ei-kah] Maceyka.

      Although there are many, many, Ellis Island errors, the writers do not make them all.  The immigrants who could not write must have spoken the name and the reviewer had to write what he heard.  I have seen the use of Slovak accent marks on the original manifests.

      When researching you should not believe the name spellings or ages.  I know it increases time spent but you should research the original manifests for accuracy.  Even then errors will be made.  People here will help in translating Hungarian names used often before 1919

      From: Helen Ruatti <hpruatti@...>
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:08 PM
      Subject: Re: [S-R] Fwd: Unable to deliver your message

      Hi John,

      Welcome to the group.

      Let me tell you about my family name change. The name is Jopko in Slovakia.
      Six brothers cames to the US and I managed to find the relatives of all of
      them but only one retained the Jopko name. The "J" is pronounced like the
      "Y" in English. My relatives names ended up being YAPKO, YEPKO AND YOPKO.
      You have to remember that a large percentage of people who immigrated did
      not know how to read or write so what someone ended up writing after they
      got to the US was what they used.

      My family is from Circ and I have been lucky enough to find and visit
      relatives 4 times. You need to plan on visiting. On all my trips I went
      with Helene Cincebeaux's group. We visited a lot of Slovak towns, cities,
      festivals, etc. and then I took off a day, with a translator, to visit
      first my Mother's family in Circ and then my Father's family in Kosice.

      Good luck with your research. It is a wonderful trip finding not only about
      your family but also the history along the way.

      Helen Gagyo Ruatti

      On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM, John Yowpa III <johnyowpa.iii@...>wrote:

      > **
      > Hi,
      > Just writing a quick message as an introduction to the list. My name is
      > John Yowpa III. I live in Buffalo, NY, USA and I am originally from
      > Piscataway, NJ. I just started researching my family. Currently, I am
      > interested in researching the roots of my family name - Yowpa. I have been
      > wanting to research both sides of my family for quite some time and
      > recently got a packet of research done on my mother's side of the family.
      > With that information and the free military search this weekend at ancestry
      > I figured I would start. I know that my great grandfather came to the USA
      > from Maly Lipnik in current Slovakia. An interesting story relating to the
      > name is that the original change was from Joppa to Youpa and a clerical
      > error at Ellis Island made Timothy Yowpa and family have a different name
      > than the relatives who settled in Alpha, Pennsylvania and Warren, NJ.
      > Just wanted to say hello and I hope everyone is doing well. I am sure I
      > will have questions down the road but wish to look at all the information
      > in the group before asking anything.
      > Have a great holiday weekend.
      > Sincerely,
      > John Yowpa III, MD
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


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