are surnames of non english origins anglicized in Usa?
for exapmle trump from drumpf if I am not wrong
- SpeedLv 78 months agoFavorite Answer
Yes, many "foreign sounding" names were anglicized, often without the knowledge or consent of the people whose names they were, right at Ellis Island.
In my family's ancestry, Trompater became Trumpeter, Mac Auley turned into McCauley, and Tremaine was now Truman.
I have an acquaintance whose family name Campbell turned into Camwell due to a speech impediment of the first forebear to arrive at Ellis Island.
- 8 months ago
You lost me points two
- MarliLv 78 months ago
Some were in the immigration shed at Ellis Island. Imagine standing in a barn-sized room where everyone has to shout. Your "papers" are inspected by a man who can't read Greek or Russian, and German "schrift" is almost as baffling to read. He asks for your name. You, perhaps half comprehending, say what sounds like Kalbfuss. He writes down something that sounds like Coldfoot or Codfish or Calboose.
Or you go to court and "Americanize" your name because "real Americans" can't pronounce your name or they laugh at it. You want to pass as an American, not an immigrant, because people with "American" names are less likely to be approached by fraudsters and more likely to be hired to good jobs.
- Elaine MLv 78 months ago
Rarely. Usually it's the actual person that goes to a judge and changes it. My grandparents were from Austria, they had an umlaut over the "o" in the last name. We don't do umlauts here, they had it changed to an 'oe' instead.
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- MikeLv 78 months ago
Frequently the original names are translated into English. Schmidt, Braun, Weiss, Schwarz, Stein, Johannsen, Marechal, Blanc, Boulanger, for instance.
- Anonymous8 months ago
Some are. Some aren't. Trump is a German surname derived from either the word for "drum" or for "trumpet". The name is on record in use in Europe from the 17th century. It has not been Anglicised.
- LudwigLv 68 months ago
Yes. Trump is one example.
- martinLv 78 months ago
Certainly, everyone tries to blend in, once they know that their family will live permanently in the USA.
- 8 months ago