Here's a tip that I learned regarding the names of married Hungarian women. When looking for my Hungarian grandmother, Katarina Weincz, in the ships' passenger lists I found that one of the lists recorded her name as Janosné Weincz. Upon further research, I learned that the Hungarian custom for formal address of a married woman was to replace her first name with that of her husband's, and add to it the suffix -né, which means 'wife of'. So, Janosné Weincz literally translates to Mrs. Janos Weincz. On this particular trip, Katarina was a young woman traveling alone with a baby, and she didn't speak any English. Her ancestors were Donauschwaben, so her native customs and language were German; but she would have been very familiar with the traditional Hungarian customs and language, as well. She was probably trying to emphasize to the immigration officials that she was indeed a married woman. Additionally, traditional Hungarian name order is the reverse from western name order. Like many Eastern name traditions, the family name is first, followed by the individual given name.
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