Printz (Prinz) is a good German name, and there were before 1945 many German families living in today's Slovakia since several centuries. Over time, many assimilated into Slovak families, other into Magyar families, and in the very East into Ruthenian ones.
On the other hand, in the cities and villages were the majority was German, Slovaks, Magyars and Ruthenes who married there became Germans. As a result, a number of Slovaks have German surnames, and a number of Carpathian Germans (Karpatendeutsche) have Slovak names.
Prinz to Sprenz--the added s is unusual. Perhaps a mispronounciation at Ellis Island? Sprenz also sounds like a German name. Without further details, its difficult to give advice.
----- Original Message -----
From: Anne Sprentz
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 3:02 PM
Subject: [S-R] surname spelling changes
You seem knowledgeable on the Slovak and Hungarian language. I'm curious to
know if you can answer this.
My great-grandfather was born 1879 in Satoraljaujhely, Hungary.
On the Ellis Island ship manifest, he lists his name as Sprencz, Mihaly in
On the city directories, he was listed as Mike Printz /Princz 1905/1906
His sons birth record lists him as Sprentz (1907)
On his sons baptism record his name was spelled Sprencz. (1907)
On the 1910 census, his name was spelled Printz
Some records his name was spelled Prince and Sprencz, in his own
handwriting. ( his dec of intent, and on a church document, both written
I can see the different spellings of Princz, but what I don't understand is
how Sprencz was interchanged with Princz? Why would that happen?
His son kept the name Sprentz, the father kept it Printz.
Also, if there is no cz in the Slovak Language, would that mean that he
could not have been Slovak? The area he was born in was once Slovakia, as I
understand and had a high concentration of Slovaks.
Do you know who killed my father?
JOHN SPRENTZ, murdered 1983 in
Ecorse, Michigan.... see my website for
----- Original Message -----
From: "Frank" <frankur@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 29, 2003 2:40 PM
Subject: [S-R] Re: Maczko, Orendas/Arendacs
> Slovak language doesn't have a letter 'cz'.
> Cz was an archaic Hungarian letter combination, now the letter c.
> In Slovak and Hungarian the letter c is pron. as English 'ts'.
> In Hungarian, letter 'cs' is pron. ch.
> Slavic diacritic letter 'c^' is pron. ch.
> Archaic Hungarian letters 'ch, ts' are now modern letter cs and letter
> 'th' is modern letter t.
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