Re: Deciphering Hungarian Village Name

Dave Dreyer


Yes, Horvath is a common Hungarian surname which, if I have it correct, means Black.  In later years there was much pressure by the Hungarian government to Magarize ethnic Germans(e.g. Banaters).  The education system in Banater villages converted instruction from German to Hungarian.  Parallel with this move was the requirement that if you wanted a job with the government -----for example, with the post office or the railroad----it was necessary to adapt a Hungarian surname.  Thus, the German Schwartz frequently became Horvath.  Such changes here in the United States also were not unknown, especially during the First World War------in this case, of course, German to English.

Dave Dreyer

On Saturday, December 11, 2021, 02:20:21 PM PST, Mark Zajac <mazajac97@...> wrote:

Hi Cathy,

Thanks for looking.  Horvath is actually the second most common Hungarian surname, so there were lots of Horvaths all over Banat but they likely were not related.  The Martin Horvath from Szücs/Sitsch in Veszprem county was born in 1797 and was orphaned by 1805.  His stepfather Simon Babics died in 1828, so he may have decided to move to Banat at that time - he first appears in Gottlob records in 1831.  There does not appear to have any Horvath relatives that he moved with.


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