Onomastics in Interaction With Other Branches of Science. Volume 2.

Family Names of Zagreb Jews From the Beginning of the 19th Century Until World War II

Igor Kusin
University of Zagreb, Croatia


The continuous stay of Jews in Zagreb can be traced back to the end of the 18th century. Following the anthroponymy of Zagreb Jews from the first censuses which we have at our disposal to the beginning of World War Two (in which the Zagreb Jewish community was decimated), this paper analyses the family names of Zagreb Jews based on three sources: the book History of the Zagreb Jewish Community from Its Foundation to the 1850s by Gavro Schwarz (1939), Jewish birth registers from 1849 until 1898, and data collected from the Israelite (Jewish) section of the Old Cemetery at Mirogoj. The data analysed include: the statistical analysis of family names and their frequency; the languages in which the family names originated, the official changes of family names, the diachronic frequency of those changes and motivations for change; as well as an examination of family names recorded in the Hebrew script.
This is the first such analysis of Jewish names in Zagreb and can be used as a foundation on which to build further research on the Jews of Zagreb, but also on the names of Jews in other communities in Croatia.

family names, Jewish family names, Zagreb, 19th‒20th centuries

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