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ciao asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 2 months ago

are surnames of non english origins anglicized in Usa?

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  • 2 months ago
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    This used to be the case as people had their names Anglicized when they entered, but nowadays with more political correctness are minority rights immigrants are allowed to keep their old names.

    The Anglicization can also be to different extents. Sometimes the spelling stays the same but the pronunciation is made more American.

    When Epstein was in the news some people got in trouble for pronouncing it like 

    ep-sh-tyne, the German way, when the American pronunciation is eps-teen.

    When Feldstein was in the news some people got in trouble for pronouncing it feld-steen, the American way, when he wants it pronounced feld-styne, which is more German.

    With the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, some Americans pronounce it van-go and some pronounce it van-goff, (the ending can only be pronounced properly by Dutch people).

    With the famous Colombian author, Gabriel García Márquez, some Americans pronounce it gabriel garthia mark-ez, as if it was Spanish but the Anglicized pronunciation is closer to the Colombian: gabriel garsia mark-ez.

    • Zirp
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      1 month agoReport

      Come on, any Celt, Spaniard, Turk, Pole and Chinese can pronounce "van gogh"

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  • 2 months ago

    Not recently or unless the individuals choose to do so.

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  • Maxi
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    2 months ago

    Only if the individual did it

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  • 2 months ago

    many of them are. other times, it's just a transliteration

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Some are, some aren't. 

    Many non-English names in England are not Anglicised.

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