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Re: Schneck--New York/Newark, New Jersey
Posted by: Henry Schneck Date: July 22, 2001 at 14:49:18
In Reply to: Re: Schneck--New York/Newark, New Jersey by Martin Schneck of 162

Martin,
There are a lot more Schnecks out there than one might think at first. At least, that's been my experience! Many Schnecks come from former German-speaking areas of central & eastern Europe, from Alsace (now France) in the west thru Germany (today's) into the former German speaking "colonies" in the east (from Poland to Russia to Yugoslavia), etc. Many late 1800's early 1900 Schneck immigrants came from eastern Europe (according to the recently released Ellis Island records (1880? to 1924?). 5 came from Sanok, "Austria", actually Galicia, in 1913, and 3 from Sanok, Poland in 1923. So Sanok, or Sanouk" AND THE AREA AROUND IT certainly had Schnecks. Whether the name was associated with that particular town, I don't know. My goos friend Reinhold Schneck from Germany, in a message on another family history website, says the name in the area of the Carpathian mountains (Hoehe-Tatra or High Tatra Mountains) derives from a Slavic word "sneg", which translates to English as "snow". Perhaps some persons who lived in the snowy mountains were given that name! In most German speaking areas the name derives from the German noun "die Schnecke", which translates as "snail".
Some (6) Schnecks came thru Ellis Island from Budapest (1902 thru 1921), Hungary. Others (8)came from Hunfalva/Hunfalu, Hungary, which I know was the town of Hunsdorf in the German-speaking Zips area of Slovakia, not today's Hungary.
Henry


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