Vol. 71 No. 4 (2023): NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics
Book Review

Empty Signs, Historical Imaginaries: The Entangled Nationalization of Names and Naming in a Late Habsburg Borderland

I. M. Nick
American Name Society

Published 2023-12-20


  1. Brezianu, Andrei and Vlad Spânu. 2007. Historical Dictionary of Moldova. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press.
  2. Brustein, William. 2003. The Roots of Hate: Anti-semitism in Europe before the Holocaust. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  3. Evans, R. J. W. 2006. Austria, Hungary, and the Habsburgs: Central Europe c. 1683–1867. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. Farkas, Tamás. 2012. “Jewish Name Magyarization in Hungary” E-Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association 5:1–16.
  5. Farkas, Tamás. 2015. “Changing Names as Abolishing the Difference: Personal Names as Ethnic Symbols, Characteristics of Surname Changes and the Magyarization of Surnames in Hungary”. Létnük 3:27–39.
  6. Gammerl, Benno. 2018. Subjects, Citizens and Others: Administering Ethnic Heterogeneity in the British and Habsburg Empires, 1867–1918. New York: Berghahn Books.
  7. Heppner, Harald. 2020. “A Review of Empty Signs, Historical imaginaries: The Entangled Nationalization of Names and Naming in a Late Habsburg Borderland”. Austria History Yearbook 53:234–235.
  8. Ioanid, Radu. 1996. “Romania” in The World Reacts to the Holocaust, edited by David S. Wyman. Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  9. Judson, Pieter M. 2016. The Habsburg Empire: A New History. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
  10. Maitz, Péter, and Tamás Farkas. 2015. Der Familienname als Nationalsymbol: Über den Untergang deutscher Familiennamen im Ungarn des 19. Jahrhunderts. [The Family Name as a National Symbol: The Demise of German Family Names in 19th Century Hungary]. Zeitschrift für germanistische Linguistik 36:163–196.
  11. Mihok, Brigitte and Richard Levy. 2005. “Romania (1878-1920)” In Antisemitism: A Historical Encyclopedia of Prejudice and Persecution, edited by Richard Levy. New York: ABC-CLIO, 617–619.
  12. Mitchell, A. Wess. 2018. The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
  13. Nick, I. M. 2022. “Nazis, Lies, and Lullabies: A Case Study of Charactonyms in the National Socialist children’s Book Trau kein Fuchs auf grüner Heid”. NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics 70, no. 4: 43–57.
  14. Nick, I. M. 2019. Personal Names, Hitler, and the Holocaust: A Socio-Onomastic Study of Genocide and Nazi Germany. New York: Rowman and Littlefield.
  15. Rennick, Robert. 1970. “The Nazi Name Decrees”. NAMES: A Journal of Onomastics 18, no. 2: 65–88.
  16. Pesty, F. 1864. Pesty Frigyes helnévgyüjteménye, 1864–1865: Széföld és térsége [Friges Pesty’s Collection of Toponyms, 1864–1865: the Szeklerland and the Surrounding Environs]. Budapest: Székely National Museum of Romania.
  17. Pesty, F. 1864. Pesty Frigyes kéziratos helységnévtárából, 1864: Bihar varmegye [Friges Pesty’s Place Name Directory of 1864: Bihar]. https://mek.oszk.hu/01700/01776/.
  18. Varga, Bálint. 2016. The Monumental Nation: Magyar Nationalism and Symbolic Politics in Fin-de-siècle Hungary. New York: Berghahn Books.
  19. Vermes, Gábor. Hungarian Culture and Politics in the Habsburg Monarchy, 1711-1848. New York: Central European University Press.
  20. Viragh, Daniel. 2014. Becoming Hungarian: Jewish Culture in Budapest, 1867-1914. PhD. dissertation, University of California Berkeley. Accessed August 10, 2023. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/4gn0m7zd