Last name: Toth
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My name is Toth also and I'm Hungarian. I was disappointed to read that they lumped my name in with the English and Nordic surnames.
Toth in old Hunic scriptures was normally used for Croats on one hand. On another hand it meant negative label for people from Slovakia or northern people of old Hungarian kingdom. Later (from 19.cen.) was allowed to use it for Jews that wanted to be more Hungarian and avoid abuse because of typical Jewish name. I am sorry someone hurt yours Hungarians feelings, by labeling them as English or Nordic, but scientist are saying that only 5% or less percentage of today's Hungarians has some "Hungarian ancestry" (this cause strong tensions in last years on side of nacionalists). There are many names having Hungarian sound or accent but they are Syrian, Spanish, German, Arabic, Persian in origin and so... For the goodness of some Hungarian old kings they came to Buda or Pest to help to build monarchy since for some pain or tensions in their old countries looked like good idea from 11 to 18th cent. Today, all of them feel like Hungarians or already live in US, Canada, Autralia and so :-)
Does anyone of Hungarian descent have information about the origin of the name Eressy? My grandmother descended from Toth and Eressy. Any information about Toth and Eressy surnames will be greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, my family in the U.S. lacks information which was never passed on to us. Would also appreciate any info about the surname Bogar (Bugar). Respectively submitted, AMA.
The main literal meaning for the word 'bogár' in Hungarian is 'bug,' i.e., insect. There are some metaphorical meanings too: http://dict.sztaki.hu/dict_search.php?O=ENG&flash=&E=1&sid=9c614bfc7016ef0b47f86b1fa6fde580&vk=&in_form=1&L=HUN%3AENG%3AEngHunDict&W=bogar&M=1&P=0&C=1&A=1&T=1
Bugar is one Slovak politician. (Bela Bugar).
Bugar is really Slovakian or Hungarian name. It was used for special class of people from area between today Bratislava, Gyor, Komarom, Trnava, Nitra. Comes from name groupe like Boggar, Bognar, Bulgar. Lable for people in 18th and 19th cent., from Bulgaria and Romania to Central Hungarian Kingdom.
Eressy is very close to Erecky, Eracky or Hebrew name/word eretz. Eretz meaning earth or soil or land of Israel. If there is "Semitic look/faces" in Eressy family a suspect you might have Jewish roots. Toth surname was registered/allowed in Hungary form many Jews also. You find theese names in synagogs or other lists in Hungary.
Alfi, thank you for the information connecting the surname 'Toth' with Jewish race. My grandmother's maiden name was Toth, and while researching her I came across her mother's maiden name 'Lengel' (Lengyel). Discovering Lengel is a Jewish name I got into a Jewish genealogy databases where, I also located many with the surname Toth. Although my grandmother was a practicing Catholic, I have read recently that many Hungarian Jews converted to Catholism when anti-Semitism became prevalent in Hungary. So, now I'm curious. Is 'Toth' a Jewish surname, or did Jews simply take on this name?