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Re: The names Huncik & Hapay? Anything about them.
Posted by: Mark Sabol (ID *****4960) Date: May 11, 2013 at 21:33:09
In Reply to: The names Huncik & Hapay? Anything about them. by Patricia Shirock of 9957

I'm not sure how helpful this will be, but I have a few observations:

1) There is a city called Trenc'in and a (former) county that was named after it. You might just have the name of the county he was from.

2) The surname is spelled Hunc'ik in Slovakia today. It is pronounced "HOON-cheek." Prior to WWI, it might have been spelled Huncsik, which gives the same pronunciation according to Magyar/Hungarian spelling rules ("cs" in Magyar is like "ch" in English). Here is a listing of the places in Slovakia where people with that surname lived in 1995:

Priezvisko HUNČÍK sa na Slovensku v roku 1995 nachádzalo 62×, celkový počet lokalít: 21, najčastejšie výskyty v lokalitách:

OCHODNICA, okr. ČADCA (od r. 1996 KYSUCKÉ NOVÉ MESTO) – 8×;
KYSUCKÝ LIESKOVEC, okr. ČADCA (od r. 1996 KYSUCKÉ NOVÉ MESTO) – 7×;
POVAŽSKÁ BYSTRICA, okr. POVAŽSKÁ BYSTRICA – 7×;
NOVÉ MESTO NAD VÁHOM, okr. TRENČÍN (od r. 1996 NOVÉ MESTO NAD VÁHOM) – 5×;
ŽILINA, okr. ŽILINA – 3×;
DUNAJSKÁ STREDA, okr. DUNAJSKÁ STREDA – 3×;
KOTEŠOVÁ, okr. ŽILINA (od r. 1996 BYTČA) – 3×;
KYSUCKÉ NOVÉ MESTO, okr. ČADCA (od r. 1996 KYSUCKÉ NOVÉ MESTO) – 3×;
MAKOV, okr. ČADCA – 3×;
ŠAHY, okr. LEVICE – 2×;

3) I can't find an occurrence of Capay as a surname in Slovakia. It may have been spelled Czapay (the Magyar spelling) or Czapaj or even T'apaj.

Do you know if the couple married in the Old Country before emigrating, or did they meet and marry in America? If the former, they would have to have come from the same places or nearby places.

The tradition of working with wire as an art form or as a way of repairing household objects was strongest in northwestern Slovakia, which would include the northern reaches of Trenc'in County.


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