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From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 23, 1998, 1:22
On Tue, 22 Sep 1998 13:42:18 -0400 Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> writes:
>Anyways, is this a common phenomenon in other cultures, or is this >largely restricted to Anglo-Saxon cultures? Also, is the normal >method >of Anglicization simply changing the sound? I know of some cases >where >people's first names became surnames. A friend of mine in high school >had the last name of Marx - his ancestor's first name was Max, and >when >he was asked his name, that's what he replied - /maks/ (with a back >vowel), thinking they wanted his first name, as opposed to surname, >and >the immigration official thought he said "Marx". I suspect this is >probably very rare, tho?
Nope, it's not restricted to English-speaking Israel, for instance, many people changed their lastnames, especially from European ones, into more Hebrew ones. A friend of mine's last name is _Degani_, from _dagan_ (grain) + _-i_, (-ian/-ish/etc.). Her grandfather(?) changed it to Degani from something like Weitzman, where the _weitz_ means something like "wheat". Talking about Weitzmans, my paternal ancestor 7 generations up, according to the legend, had the name Weitzman/Veitzman, i don't know how it should be spelled, but for a totally different reason, the _weitz_ coming from a word meaning "white". Well, he ended up moving to Russia, where they forced him to Russianize his name, turning it into something like _B(y?)elskiy_, _byel(ye?)_ "white" as in Belarus + _skiy_. Which then became Belsky here in the U.S. My mother's family also is full of changed names. Her father's last name, Zack, was an anglicization of something like Zicheriwitz, and i think her mother's side of the family also changed their name, but i'm not sure. -Stephen (Steg) _____________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at Or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]