At 01:29 PM 4/28/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>1. My big question is concerning my ethnicity. My great-grandfather,
>Andras (Andy) Bino, came to Ohio from Lelez in 1890. My uncle said he
>remembers him to be a "proud" Hungarian. He thinks he spoke Magyar. In
>researching my family surname of Bino, (Americanized to Beno) I'm not
>certain if this is a Hungarian name or a Slovak name.
There are six Bino listed for the town of Leles in the online SK phone
Alexander Binó Leles
Július Binó Leles
Ladislav Bino Leles
Ladislav Binó Leles
Mikulá Bino Leles
Peter Bino Leles
A letter to one of them might clear up the nationality issue.
The Roman Catholic church records LDS microfilm numbers for Leles can be
I don't think there was a Greek Catholic church in Leles.
> I believe the other names in my family line; Urban, Ulchak, Emlicky--
> are Slovak, but I'm not certain of that either. I have found a little
> bit of helpful info on name meanings from a link someone posted a while
> ago. This was somewhat
>helpful. Can someone shed some more light for me?
You might try http://feefhs.org/slovak/skdb1/slrpi.html
. This site
lists about 3,000 Slovak surnames.
>2. In looking over the Ellis Island records, most members of my family
>(those who came thru Ellis Island) where listed as Hungarian, speaking
>Magyar. One great aunt was listed as speaking Slovak. I remember her from
>when I was a small child. My cousins say she spoke Magyar. I am familiar
>with the magyarasation of Slavic peoples. Did they speak Slovak at home
>when no one was listening?
I believe most spoke Slovak, Rusyn, etc. except for the officials or if
communicating with an official or in school.
>4. The Hungarian name of Imre--I've seen it Americanized to James??? Is
Yes but it can also be Anglicized to Emery.