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- June 28, 2017 at 5:48 pm #347324
Infeld is one of the surnames in the Czech part of my family tree. At first glance, it’s easy to tell the name is of Germanic, not Slavic, origin. In my tree, the name is traced back to the late 1700’s, in Vlksice. Just curious if anyone’s ever come across the name, or knows its meaning/origin.
According to Forebears.io, the top ten countries in which the name is found are:
Poland – 191
United States – 168
Argentina – 60
Israel – 59
Canada – 23
Denmark – 19
Czech Republic – 8
Australia – 4
England – 2
Brazil – 2
According to Czech surname website kdejsme.cz, the 8 people with that surname in Czechia are from:
Chrudim – 5
Semily – 2
Prague – 1June 28, 2017 at 6:08 pm #438877
I’d be guessing it’s a Jewish surname. Here’s an example of a person with that surname:
But I don’t know the meaning. To me it looks like have similar etymology to “Enfield”.June 28, 2017 at 6:12 pm #438878
There’s a Czech actress with this name.
Maybe you’re distant relatives.June 28, 2017 at 6:15 pm #438880
I thought it was Jewish as well, but our records state my Infeld ancestors were Catholic. Maybe converts?June 28, 2017 at 6:25 pm #438881
Cool. Maybe so.June 28, 2017 at 6:27 pm #438882
@texczech82, could be. Changing the religion could’ve been helpful in making a career, or getting married with someone of another religion. Reasons can vary (also depending on the time period somewhat).June 28, 2017 at 6:42 pm #438883
You really could be on to something. Through DNA testing my uncle, then having our DNA looked at by a few genetic genealogists, turns out we have a bit o’ Jew way back there.
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