Contact Paul Kurucz to connect with any of the people on this site, answer any help requests, or to add your own story! Thank you!
I started this Kurucz history page when my father, Frank (Ferenc) Kurucz, passed on and I wished to honor his memory and my heritage.
- Paul Kurucz, BC, Canada
Start your own Kurucz family tree!
The 'Kurucz' name originates from old Hungary - Hungary before the borders were changed following World War II. Currently, much of the area lies in Slovakia, but before that in the now separated "Czechoslovakia". The town/city where my particular line of Kurucz's comes from was called "Ersekujvar ". After the war - and currently - the city is called "Nové Zámky" (see town web site: http://www.novezamky.sk). The origin of the name 'Kurucz' is somewhat obscured by history and there have been some different viewpoints on the origins:
- One version proports that the name comes from the French word "croix" or the German "kreuz", which means "cross" in English. Apparently, there were a group of Hungarian horsemen who carried the cross or flags with crosses at the head of the crusades in the middle ages.
- Another version states that the name is an evolution from other words - the "z" was added on later and the name originates from 'Kuruc' (Slovak spelling?). A list of known derivations of the name include:
'Kurucz', 'Kuruc', 'Kuruz', 'Kurtz', 'Kurutz', 'Kuruce' (Polish), 'Kuruczová' (Czech), 'kuric', 'Kurucic' (Serbia), 'Caroots', 'Curut', 'Kurtts', 'Kuricz', 'Kuritz', 'kuracz', 'kuroc' and 'Kurucs'.
Gábor Lukács, a history researcher in Hungary, clarifies much of this in his generous contributions to this Kurucz history. Michael Churilla, one of the Kurucz contacts below, has also added some clarification to the history from a visit he made to Hungary. Check these out. They are really fascinating!
One interesting part of the history of the 'Kurucz' name is how the name has spread. In the early part of the 20th century, mobility wasn't as high as it was later in the century. If you had the name 'Kurucz', you probably lived in Czechoslavakia, Romania, or Hungary. Now, there are 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd generation Kurucz's all over the world who have no tie to the geographic or religious origins of the name. For example, there are now literally hundreds of Kurucz's in Canada and United States who are first-language English speakers and totally native to North American culture with no ties to their historical "homeland".
What does this mean? If you are a believer in some strong genetic traits carried down through families, then you might say that a 'Kurucz' is a natural horse rider or they are typical "Eastern Europeans" (whatever that means!) Likely people will see traits in your facial features that they will call "Slavik" or "Eastern European". Or even further back, from the Magyar strain that originates in what is now Western China! My niece and my youngest son both looked a little like Mongols when they were young! It was quite striking, actually.
If you don't believe that genetics are a big part of who you are, and you know that the Kurucz's in your family inter-married with lots of other nationalities and races, then the 'Kurucz' name is simply a name, and nothing more unique than that! Hard to spell for most, but who cares?
I have heard many Hungarians say that all Hungarian men have "blue blood" and are therefore Princes. I can attest to this statement. It is absolutely true!! (Ha, ha!)
Please get in touch if you are from the Kurucz, Kuruc, Kurutz, Kurtts, Kruz, etc. clans. We are likely all related from back in the 1700-1900 century range. Others are researching their families (see the growing list below) and would love to hear from you if can help them. I am acting as an email go-between in order to protect the privacy of individuals so please send me any requests to individuals and I will forward them on.
Click on their name to go directly to their posting or scroll down on this page to see all the postings in chronological order. Please let Paul Kurucz know if you wish to connect with any of the people below or wish to add your own contributions! Thank you!
|Monica Lang (Kuruc)||USA||2017|
|Geno Mehalik (Kurucz)||--------||2016|
|Reginald Varga (Kurucz)||USA||2016|
|Ronda Parker (Kurtz)||USA||2016|
|William Wright (Kurucz)||USA||2016|
|Jenny Evix (Kurucz)||USA||2016|
|Leadie Jo Flowers (Kurucz)||USA||2016|
|Jim Kurtts (Kuruc)||USA||2016|
|Joe Schrei (Kurucz)||Canada||2016|
|Terezie Soukalová (Kurucz and Kuruczová)||Czech Republic||2015|
|Steven McKenzie (Kurucz)||USA||2014|
|Lorraine Bernadyn (Kurtz)||USA||2014|
|Ladislav Kurucz||Czech Republic||2014|
|Jane Feher (Kurucz)||-------||2014|
|Diana Schmidt (Kuruc)||USA||2013|
|Ann Ida Kurucz||------||2013|
|Barbara Lepiankiewicz (Bela Geza Kurucz)||UK||2013|
|Langner Alexander and Tamara Kuritz||Russia||2012|
|Mary Ann Kurtz||USA||2012|
|Mike Labancz (Kurucz)||------||2012|
|Kristin Klapkowski Fiori (Kurucz)||------||2012|
|Pablo Puyol Kurucz||Uruguay||2012|
|Jana Klusova (Kurutz)||Slovakia||2012|
|Susan Kurucz Eich||USA||2011|
|Milan (Mike) Kuruc||Canada||2011|
|Shawn Donovan (Kuruc)||USA||2011|
|John Steven Kurucz||USA||2011|
|Jean Anderson (Kuroc, Kuracz, Kurucz)||USA||2011|
|Andrea Ohimesama (Kurucz)||Croatia||2011|
|Marie Antoinette Kurucz||------||2010|
|Christine Oldreive (Kurucz)||South Africa||2010|
|Kara L. Kurucz||USA||2010|
|Denise Kurucz Vetter||USA||2010|
|Dawn Brown (Kurucz)||Canada||2009|
|Hazel Batalides (Kurucz)||South Africa||2009|
My father's name is Larry and his father's name is Mike. They were in the Punnichy SK area and I was born in Regina, SK, Canada
My grandmother was Anna (Kuruc) Vojtas. Born July 6,1884 in Koaisice, Kosicky, Slovakia or Repisko, AustriaHungary. Her parents were Samuel Kuruc and Ann Pavlik. Her great grandparents were Jan Kuruc and Katerina Zavodny. She came to the US at the age of 16 and lived in Pasaic NJ in a Hungarian boarding house according to 1900 census info. I recently had the My Heritage DNA test that revealed 15.3 % Balkan influence, 23 % Northernand Western European and 61.7 % Eastern European. Her sisters were Hedwiga, Catherine, Clara, Zofia, Elizabeth, Mary and brothers Andrew and Joseph. She moved to Chicago after marrying my grandfather, Lawrence Vojtas inMay of 1900. Hedwiga (Harriet) lived in Pennsylvania and married into the Jurgovan family.After reading through the comments, it is interesting to see common threads of heritage. Any relations out there consistent with this info?
I found your website on the internet and Ifound it quite amazing! Not just because myname is Kurucz too, but I have always wantedto found out more about my family and myorigins.
I live in Hungary in a city called Eger. The name Kurucz is come from my grandfather (my father's father).
So if you would like to contact me or you have information about the Kurucz clan stayed in Hungary I would be very glad if you shared it with me!
My name is Geno Mehalik and I just started researching my family tree through Ancestry.com. Mary Kurucz (birth date 1875) married Vanyo Mehalik (birth date 1869) and was my 2nd great grandmother, from what I cansurmise so far. I'm a novice at this but I started researching the Kurucz name and yours is one of the first pages I came across. Thank you for the history!
I'm researching a lost Great Grandfather who the family recorded as Istvan Kubrick(Kubrok). My grand father's birth (Joseph Varga B-1884 Pany, Hungary) was illegitimate and documentationto his father is virtually nonexistent. Having no luck identifying him, I found through a real stretch of the imaginationa potential tie to a Istvan Kurucz born 1877 in Saca, Kosice, Hungary, now Slovakia. My question is did you everhave your DNA checked? My paternal hapolin group is 2a1b1/I-P37. If there is any family match I'd be real interested.
Hello. Helping a friend look for Henry Kurtz born maybe around 1775, with daughter Elizabeth born 1817 who marriedAlfred James Parker born 1803 died 1873 and a possible son, James Kurtz born 1835. I have found Elizabeth with Alfred Parker in census and one did show a James Kurtz age 15 in 1850, living in Butler County, Ohio. Hopefully, someone can connect for this friend. I am about batty trying to find anything on Elizabeth or her husband.
Paul, I just read your page. Very informative. We have Hungarian ancestry through my mother Vanessa Masters. For a long time, we didn't know anything about our Hungarian roots. So I started digging. Our mother's father was Otto Masters. And Otto's parents were Frank and Mary Masters. That's all I knew for the longest time until I began digging. I obtained Frank and Mary's exact birth dates and was able to find them and a wide variety of info by their Hungarian names since it was common practice to Americanize them after immigrating here.
Frank Masters was born January 14th, 1880 as Ferencz Mester and baptised by the Hungarian Reformed Church on January 15th 1880. His parents were Mátyas Mester and Juliana Sajtos of Poroszló, Heves, Hungary. Mátyas Mester and Julianna Nagy were Ferencz's father's parents.
Mary Masters was a little harder to find. Mary was born on October 3rd, 1891 as Maria-Roza Kurucz and baptised by the Hungary Catholic Church on October 11th, 1891. Her parents were Innel Kurucz and Rozalia Kastner of Erzsbetvárosi, Budapest, Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kis-Kun, Hungary. I'm still working on going back further with Innel Kurucz relatives.
Hopefully this will help Connie Bishop a bit because she was probably coming up against a brick wall by using Maryana instead of Maria in her search. It does happen a lot when doing genealogy.
Thank you for a great page. I always enjoy learning more of any kind of history, especially Hungarian history.
My mom was a Kurucz from WV [West Virginia, USA]. Her father was also from WV Andy Kurucz Sr. He had 11 brother's and sister's. The two older one's were born in Hungary. My great grandparents names were Joseph and Elizabeth Kurucz. They came over on a boat to Ellis island. Beyond them nobody knows anything about family in Hungary. All my great aunt's and uncle's have passed except a great Aunt that lives in Baltimore MD, Edith Kurucz but, her mind is not good. Also my mom, my grandpa and my mom's brother Andy Jr. have passed away. My grandpa's brother's and sister's were Anna, Julie, Lizzie, Edith, Steve, Margaret, Alec. Don't know the rest of the names
I have been trying to do a little research on part of my family heritage. On a recent trip to Romania I found out a little more. We had been told that my great grandmother was a Romanian gypsy princess. (Who was disowned for marrying my great grandfather!) Her name is listed as Maria (Mary) Kurucz. Which has led me to your sight when I was trying to research where this came from. My great grandfather was born in Vlahovo, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic in 1885. They married when she was 16, no birth date, but the marriage was in Lupeni, Hunedoara, Romania on June 8th 1911. I now understand that where he was born is the same town name in what is Serbia. That's another story that I will research elsewhere. Back to Maria, I am trying to track down any information that may help me to find more history.
Hoping there is something in your archives that may help as I plan on going back to Romania to try and find more information. My thoughts are that Peter (Great-grandfather) left Vlahovo to go to Lupeni to work in the mines as it was a thriving area in that time. He met Maria and you know the rest of the story I got. Thank you for any help or information you may provide.
I am originally from Birmingham, AL. My great grandparents Mikael Kuruc and Alzbeta Ongradi immigrated from Velka Domassa in 1899. Someone in the pay office of US Steel thought Kurtts was easier/better about 1930. My father's baptismal certificate's spelling is Kuruce. Thanks for putting all this information on the net for us. Jim Kurtts
My name is Joseph Schrei, born in Hungary in 1955, emigrated to Canada in 1956. Never lived there but visited twice in my life. As both my parents are deceased & I don't speak Hungarian (just a tiny bit) the family connections are being lost. In keeping with your listed history of the Kurucz name...... My mother's maiden name was Kurucz, she had 3 sisters & 3 brothers, all born in Szentgotthard (myself too). Many times over the years I asked my mother where they came from. She always replied that as far back as as her family knew, Szentgotthard. Now my fathers name, Schrei, that is another matter. He was from Szentgotthard also, but the name, likely Austrian in origin. I had one Kurucz uncle in Canada, now deceased. Yes, the name is difficult to say, he Canadianized it to be spoken as "Cruise". Thanks for your site, found it accidentally, a nice surprise.
Joe, or in the lingo "Jozsef"
A good day.My grandmother's name was Theresa Kuruczová. her father Jozef was born 1926 in Galantě Kurucz. Also I'm looking for some information about the genus. If you know something please send information.Thank You Soukalova.
My grandmother and grandfather were both from Hungary. I'm very proud of my name my grand parents and father all spoke fluent hungarian.
Message from 2012:
My grandma and grandpa are from Budapest. My grandmothers maiden name is Theresa Mary prefeck, and my grandfather Joseph Kurucz . And my father is Andrew Kurucz. We would like to know any thing of are relatives.
We know we may be decendents of hanns Kurucz
My grandma (mothers side of the family) was a Kurucz. Her father and mother came from Hungary and was with a wave of Hungarians that found their way to Cleveland, Ohio. Some of them (my family)came to Eastern, Ohio.(Cadiz, New Athens, Steubenville) to work in the coal mines and steel plants. My grandfather(her husband) was born in Poland and when he was very young the family took a boat over to America. His family came to Cadiz, Ohio. There are still third and fourth generation Hungarians living in this part of the United States. My grandparents have since past, but they instilled in me the virtue of hard work. I have always loved the fact that I'm Hungarian and Polish. Also, I miss the family dinners. The Hungarians and Polish really know how to cook. I was wondering if you could provide me with some more information on Hungarians in Eastern Ohio and Cleveland, Ohio. I'm really interested in the time period of the early 1900's. Thank you for your time.
Hi, May God Bless you in your research. I only know my maternal grandmother was named Mary Kurtz and she was Slovak. Apparently her father came over from that area of the world in late 1800s. You might be interested to know that we are also cousins with Archbishop Kurtz of Louisville, KY. I wish I had more info. I've been to Poland, but Slovakia looks beautiful too.
(Translated from Czech to English with Google Translate):
Hello My name is Ladislav. I come from Kurucz born July 22, 1984 in the Czech Republic, where I also born and live in dnes. My grandpa came from Hungary and named Francis Kurucz born. 1919 that the 2-sv.v�lce left Hungary, where he lived in Šale- (village Galant) and found my grandmother Mary Kuruczovou living in the former Czechoslovakia, where he i lived zemreli.Naše family is Multiple :) And I ask whether there is some, although apparently small probability that someone from village where my grandfather lived is on this list? Or if you do not know or do not know someone from my grandfather and relatives
Dekuji.S Regards Ladislav Kurucz
I am a Kuruc (when you write Kurucz you pronounce "c" in turkish. My grandfather is from Russia-Ufa (born 1899), a kazanturkish rooted family which were so called Kurucs (actually my grandfather had heard there was a small river called in this name around where they lived.) nice to hear there are kuruc families all around the world.
My paternal grandmother's surname was Kurucz. I remember her being very proud of it. I am still in touch with my Kurucz relatives in Hungary. I visited them over the Xmas holiday. They are lovely people. Obviously, we have great DNA!
My husband Darrell is the son of Richard Kurucz (now Kurutz) and the grandson of John (János) Kurucz of Hungary. John was born in Hungary in 1899. He married Bessie Csuma born in the US (also, still has family in Hungary). John or (János as was his birthname) had a sister named Bertha and a brother named Stephen. I know he has family still in Hungary. If anyone reading this knows of John or Bessie and could possibly be related, I would be happy to correspond.
I am a blue blood as far as I can remember all grand parents were from Hungary.
Kuruc - my mom, maiden name Rita Kuruc recently passed away, and I have realized there aren't many relatives left that will know much of anything, so I have started to try and piece things together for myself and other Kuruc relatives of mine.
Her father (my grandpa) was Joseph Thomas Kuruc, born 02/24/1913 in Hankovca, Czechoslovakia. I was told he arrived in NY when he was about 8/9 years old. When he arrived, they had nothing to eat and a man gave them doughnuts, milk and money to get to PA. He had two sisters Anne and Margaret (Marg, Margarita??), who according to a census were born in PA, and a brother named John Paul Kuruc born in ND. Mother's name was Anna (maiden name Gavola) and I believe their dad was John Kuruc. Waiting to hear back from my aunt (formerly Patricia Kuruc) to see what info I can get. My grandma Opal (married to Joseph Thomas Kuruc) passed away a year ago in December.....I should have asked her more questions.
So now I really need to start getting it figured out before I have no more info to go on. It is challenging researching the Kuruc side - I connected with a Kuruc, and so many of the names matched, but not all, so although there may be a connection, it must be much more distant than where I am at. I have printed off all these Kuruc listings that I will read through to see if I can find any info.
I would like to find Margaret and Anne to see if they have children that might know more. I have a picture of these two ladies from younger years, so it would be fun to share that also with any of their relatives.
Thanks so much for this informative blog, it's so interesting!
I would like to ask for your help.
I want to find my cousin.
Our parents died, we have never met, and I would love to meet her.
Her name : Eva Kurucz and she livd Germany in Saarbrücken. My uncle prof.dr. Jen&&337; Kurucz. He taught at the University of Saarbrücken.
Can you help me, or do you have any idea, how to find her?
I'm glad that was able to write to you.
I was married to Bela Geza Kurucz, born 1932 either in Miskolc or Kosice. He studied Architecture in Budapest and came to London after the Hungarian uprising in 1956. He had two brothers who remained in Hungary. Unfortunately I have lost touch with him over time so I do not know where he now is. However in case someone is looking for him this is a tiny bit of information for them
i am very proud and happy to i im one KURUC... and i am more happy when i see how much kuruc is around the world, its simply amazing!!! love for everyone from one serbian kuruc !!
(Thank you, Igor!! Lots of love back to you!!)
You kindly help my family about Peter Semenovich Kuricz, he was born near 1907 in Nikolaev City USSR Ukraine, his father was Kuricz Haim Shleime (1870-1924), soon after Grait Octoder Revolution 1917, his family moved to Moscow and they were living at Granatnij pereulok bld.2\\9, flat number 50. Then He graduated the special professional school for preparing the workers for trading fleet (Podvojsky shief) and worked then in the crew of such trading ship... He wrote a lot of letters to parents from abroad. Last information from him was in a letter at 1937, but grandfather and grandmother were severely afraid to answer him because there was a high risk of death from NKVD (KGB) for people having contact with foreign contries. He wrote in last letter - \"..if your will not answer me for this letter this will mean for me that your all are dead..\" (or near so) And we all lost him for ever.
Tamara Kurcz (Anisimova) is already after 84, he was her uncle.
Doctor Langner Alexander M.D. Ph.D.
I have been looking for family roots and going in circles! Not making much progress. My father was John kurtz (Kurutz),his brother was born Elias or Illes in Nagykunfalu or Helcmanovce 1902/1903 to my Grandfather George Kurtz (Kurutz) and mary Rendosh/Arandasz. George's brothers were Johann Kuritz (Kurutz)and Stephen Kurutz. Family immagrated to sykesville, PA., Clearfield county PA., and Trafford, Allegheny county Pa. Many ended up in cyahoga Ohio. my great-grandfather was Mathias Kurutz, wife Maria Oravec. Kurutz's married Ference, Turchan, Furimsky, Toocheck. Some were in Canada also. Stephen Kurutz came through Canada. His daughter married Kosko in Syksville Pa. I would love to learn more and make a family connection!!
For fun i googled up my last name ie Labancz name in north america and the Kurucz web site popped up. My father told me that the Labancz's and Kurucz's were always fighting with Labancz's siding with the Hapsburg royals.
My parents both came from the village of Tiszalok not far from Tokai, down and across the Tisza. My mother and daughter also look a bit like a mongol with their eys and facial features. Visited 3 years and my wife and i and sister plan to go back soon. According to history the Labancz name was very pro Hapsburg and fought the Kurucz's. My dad talked about this like it was a big deal but since read that it was a very comical war, whatever that means.
I'm not really sure how I came to add the Kurucz name in my genealogy, but I have Julia Kurucz as my great great great grandmother. I have that she was born in Borsod Megye Hungary and married Frank Toth. They were the parents of Julia (born about 1863)who married Gyorgy Torok. They were the parents of George who was the father of my grandmother, Ida. Do you know of any of the above? I'd gladly share what I have. Thanks!
I'm from Montevideo Uruguay. My mother Susana Kurucz was also born here, but her father (my grandfather) came with his mother from the old Czech Republic in 1930.
My grandfather's name is Rudolf Kurucz Chrenak, born in Surany on June 2nd, 1924 (Died in 1981). His mother was Alzbeta Chrenakova Kwasnowska born in 1897 in Nove Zamky (Died in 1985). They came with Rudolf's step father, Stefan Ondracka (1899- 1983). Rudolf's father Josef Kurucz remained in Europe and died in the war.
I'd like to know of some more of our family who live in South America (specially Uruguay and Argemtina) and if possible find some genealogical roots in Slovakia or Czech Republic (Alzbeta and Josefs parents, grandparents, etc.)
Thanks and great website!
My ancestors were Andreas Kurutz and Juliana Gold. Grandmother my grandgrandfather was Juliana Kurutz. She was the sister of Andreas Kurutz (b.1843). They lived in Lipany (Hethars). The cemetery still is the grave Andreas Kurutz and Juliana Kurutz (born Gold). My family lives in Lipany. I have made up the family tree of our family from the year 1752.
Best regards. Jana
I am a Kurucz by birth. My father was John and his parents were Joseph and Veroncia Kurucz from Lorain Ohio. He had 11 other sibling. I have lots of history and pictures of the family. Feel free to contact me.
My dad moved to Canada from Stermic Yugoslavia now Croatiain 1964. He was born in the village of Kuruc, He has 4 brother's and one sister. My grandfathers name was Lazar and my great great grand father's name was Jovan. I have been back to my father's home five times in my 43 years to visit and to rebuild the family grave cripts. Lots of history I gather there also. I have also found a family crest. I will have to take a picture of it for you when I next go visit my dad and mom. It has a lion and the sun incorperated into it.
I also would like to ask if you noticed something as well. All my cousins and relatives are very tall. I myself am 6'5" and my cousins are even taller. I will send you the crest picture shortly.
Milan or Mike Kuruc
Paul Kurucz's note: Any other tall Kuruc or Kurucz folks? I am 6'4", my Kurucz grandfather and great grandfather were both very tall, and my sons are both around 6'5" tall!
I was always very curious about my maternal grandfather's family - but he would not share any info other than he came to the U.S. before 1900, was born on June 14, 1877 had 7 brothers, his mother's name was Catalee (spelling it the way he pronounced it). He was a stow-away on a freighter and entered this country illegally. His name was Vindel Kuruc. He married my grandmother Zsussianno Sera in Pittsburgh, Pa on April 5, 1902. They had 13 children. My Mother was Marion (Marishka???) 2/25/17 - 4/30/08. My grandfather died on Aug. 7, 1963. He was extremely secretative about his family and past in Europe. I know he spoke 7 languages.If anyone's family included him in that time period that you are aware of I would be most appreciative to hear it. My sister Kathleen and I are the only 2 grandchildren surviving- there are many great and great-great grandchildren in Pittsburgh. I live in South Carolina. Perhaps we are related. Thank you for your time. Hope to hear from you.
Hello, and thanks for any help you may provide. I am the 4th generation John in my family. My great grandfather(John) came through Ellis Island with two brothers (1 was Steve) sometime around 1900. They settled in Adena Ohio and I dont know his name went on up to Canada. The two married Paitsy sisters. They later bought an orange grove in Florida but lost in depression. Family are all still in East Ohio.
My children's grandfather Andrew Yaskovic was the son of Joseph Yaskowitz & Julia Kuroc (b 1882 Hethars, Slovakia)(m 1902 Yonkers, NY)(one of six siblings), who was the daughter of Andrew Kuracz (b 1843 Hethars, Slovakia) m 1865 to Maria Stroncer. Andrew was the son of Andreas Kurucz (m 1833 Hethars, Slovakia) to Julianna Gold. Julia had siblings Anna Kuroc (b 1874), Donald Kuroc, and surname Kurucz: Andreas (b 1868), Stephanus (b 1870), Janos(b 1885), Jozsef (b 1880), Is( b ca 1887), Maria (b 1876). Would love to find cousins and share info.
I found your kurucz.ca website when searching for my grandgrandmother's heritage. Her name was Janja Kurucz, she was from Sonta (Serbia) I have a picture of her from 1918 with her husband, my grandgrandfather. I'm from Croatia, so if you want to contact me I'm here.
My great great great grandfather was Martin Kuric, a form of Kuruc. My great grandfather was Pavel Kuric, my father Paul Kuritz. These Kurics were from Myjava, Slovakia, and settled around Hazleton, PA.
Vidar Steen-Hansen in Sweden is seeking contact with "F. Kurucz" ("Ferenc"?) who left Hungary in 1956 and settled in Stockholm. If you can help Vidar with information on F. Kurucz in Stockholm, please contact me (Paul Kurucz) and I will forward the information to Vidar.
My name is Robert Kurucz, and first of all thank you for making this website. It makes me feel like some warrior knowing my family crest is a shield with red and medieval militaria. I also think the Kurucz name goes back to when horses, battlesaxes, and swords were the syle of fighting. I was wondering what the family crest meant more specifically and what the small things mean in the crest. The crest obviously shows some military status, but what does all the wierd stuff on top mean? Like the feathers and crown thing.
I am Eva Kurucz from Slovakia, Bratislava..my father is Stefan Kurucz and grandfather Jan Kurucz.. father has 3 brothers Gabor, Jan and Jozef Kurucz.. but i don t know, where they live.. we are not in contact.. i am pleased with your article A History of the Kurucz name..i am sorry for my english..it s not good ...that s all I would like to write, perhaps you to enjoy ... :)
Hi, I am so glad someone has started this blog for all the Kurucz out there. My father Ferenc Kurucz was born in Eszteregnye. he left Hungary in 1956. He has never gone back and probably will never will. His health is not good. Does anyone know anything about this area? I would like to find out if I have cousins over there?
I am Christine Oldreive from South Africa, my Mother is Yara Kurucz and my uncles are Stefano and the late Alex Kurucz. My late Granfather Stefanus and late Grandmother Maria Kurucz left Hungary to live in Brazil and later on to South Africa. There are a few cousins etc now living in SA and still some living in Brazil
My mother will be so pleased to hear about the website you have I will forward the information onto her.
Christine Oldreive (nee Marais)
Hello, my name is Daniel Curut. In 1965 when my mother was born, the guy from Newborn Registration Service has misspelled the Kuruc name to Curut, my grandfather`s name is was Kuruc until they changed in Curut. I`m from Romania...
... I think is a connection here cuz my grandfather had a brother that had left the village and disappeared, maybe i will find more things about my family`s past. Thank you very much.
Just got through looking at your website - thought it looked great and very interesting - who knows for sure about many things?
I ran across a letter my father had showed many years ago that his father had received from a gentleman in regards to his family name. This was in his safe deposit box at the time of his death a couple of years ago.
A person in Oregon traced my Karutz line from Prussia, Germany, who came here in 1860's to New York City where they had originally settled. My immediate family is the last of those Karutz's.
Here is that letter:
Written to my grandfather, Dr. Charles David Karutz, dated April 1956
"As I promised, I am sending to you this information.
The stem of the family of Kurutz is from Seppesh County, North of Hungary. Today is in Checko Slovakia. Originally they were a well known noble family, landowners and military officers. In one period during the Hapsburg rulers, diplomatic position was given for one member of the family, but they requested to change their name to a German name. This Kurutz was a loyal Hungarian, he changed only one letter in his name, so the Kurutz became Karutz.
What motive brought the family to Germany and later to the United States is unknown.
With Courtesy - Garpik (sp) Blitz"
Hope this info adds to the intrigue
Interesting article and I love the crest! I am a Kurucz of mixed heritage living in California, originating in Ohio. Interesting, my grandparents' were involved in horseback riding shows of the Wild West variety, but I believe that was the maternal, not paternal side. we pronounce our Kurucz "Ker-zee".
I enjoyed this "Kurucz" page very much.. My Grandfather was George Francis Thomas Kurucz, whom one of those entries mentioned. He lived in Buffalo NY, and died in 1976. My Dad is Robert George Kurucz born in Buffalo on April 6, 1949. I was born in 1979 in San Francisco, CA, and currently live in Portland, OR. Thanks for doing this research, it's very cool to read this stuff, I'll be back to check in from time to time...
I would like to know if possibly we could be related or more about the Kurucz family. My grandparents Joe and Veronica came over here a very long time ago. I was told we have a relative in Spisska Bela.
Don't know if I spelled that right.
Regarding My Great Uncle Paul Peter Kurucz who died on August 10th 1944.
Service Number m/55980, age: 32, force: Army, unit: Royal Canadian Artillery, Division: 5th Anti Tank regt.
Date of birth april 28 1912
Commemorated on page 356 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance.
There is a digital photo of great Uncle Paul if you go to Veterans affairs Canada http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca
He is buried in Bretteville-Sur-Laze Canadian War Cemetery
My mom (Delma McLaren) very much misses her uncle she speaks of him often. The very cool thing is the photo shown on the web page is the same photo my mom has of him. He gave her just before he left to go overseas. I am trying to find more information On Mary Kurucz... Paul's sister and her Husband John Alex Mclaren.
My name is Hazel Batalides (nee Kurucz). My dad Miklos Kurucz is 72 and I am trying, in vain, to find family of his in Hungary. He left Hungary at the age of 18 and I would think it important he try and contact family in his old age. Do you have any advice / tips for me - I seem to get no luck on the 'Tudakozo' directory site. I can give you some information about where he's from, that's all..
He received a letter in about the 80's with this address listed on the envelope : Gyuler Kurucz, 9024 Gyor, Zrinyi utca, Hungary.
My dad seems to remember this address of his father Gyorgy Kurucz: Ka'lva'ria Utca-18, Na'dorva'ros, Gyor. His mother's name is Matilda. One of his cousins is named Czaba Keszey.
Gábor is not a Kurucz, but is a police officer in Hungary studying history part time at the University of Pécs. He was kind enough to forward the following history of the Kuruc and Kurucz name. A fascinating read! Thank you, Gábor!
I'm Gábor Lukács (Gabriel Lucas...) from Hungary, just a hungarian police officer, but now i am studying history at university of Pécs in my free time. So I think I know what is the meaning or origin the name: kuruc!
In 1664 the hungarian and austrian (Habsburg) army defeat the turkish army at Szentgotthárd. The triump was very big, but the Habsburg emperor, Leopold I. won't fight further and made a piece with the sultan, because he wanted to fight against Louis the XIV., the french king.
The hungarian nobleman disappointed in Leopold, and started to organise resistance. It was the conspiracy by count of Wessel�nyi, but the emperor came to know this, and executed he and him companion. He dismissed the hungarian soldiers from the hungarian fortress and castles, and after this he call foreign army into castles. You don't forget that they were in war against the Ottoman Empire in Hungary! From the unemployed soldier and from the hajdus (hajdu means
hungarian buckaroo with weapon) some noblemen - who dissappointed in Habsburg emperor - organise an army. This army used guerilla tactic against the german forces, and against the turkish empire.
The name of these soldiers in this time (1670-1711) were kuruc.
You, Paul think right, their name came from the cross. It was a crusade against the german and the turkish for the free and independence Hungary! The hungarian historicals call this age: between two paganish.
The most of them were light cavalry. Their first leader was Imre Thököly, who conquer with the kurucs north Hungary in 1678-82. But in 1683 arrived a huge turkish army, who wanted occupy Vienna, but it were defeated. After the assault of Vienna, the Habsburg emperor Leopold I. (1657-1705) started to reconquista of Hungary from the turkey.
Thököly wanted to fight further against the german (or austrian, Habsburg etc.), but the kuruc army wanted to help in the war of reconquista.
In 1689 the most territory of Hungary were free from the ottoman empire, but the german army was too cruel with the hungarian villages, and with hungarian people, so the kurucs wanted to fight against the german. But at this time the austrian army was to big and the kurucs (kuruc is means one man, kurucs is means many kuruc...) were weak. They live in the hills, forests and swamp and hated the german soldiers who wore snow-white uniform. They was named labanc by hungarian people. It was the labanc vs. kuruc war. /When I was a small kid, we play in the garden of the school labanc against kuruc, of course my every classmates wanted to be kuruc... :) The labanc's religion was katolist, and the kuruc's religion was lutherian or kalvinist. So they hated each other.
The kuruc army wore a rusty color uniform, or brown-red uniform.
The next big war name was the independent war of Rákóczi. Rákóczi Ferenc II. was prince of Transylvania. He was the mst famous hungarian hero and the biggest kuruc leader too! :)
In this war (1703-1711) the hungarian army was defeated by the austrian army (labanc you know). The worshipful prince was on the run to France, to his alliance XIV. Louis. But the french king won't to fight against german, so he had to go from France. He went to Istambul, to the turkish sultan, and hoped, that he will help. But he didn't help of course. So he stayed near Istambul, in a small city: Rodosto. Rákóczi Ferenc the second (is correct in this form?) died there in 1735. He was the biggest and the last kuruc. When in 1905 his ashes was brought home with a train, millions Hungarian stood near rails where the train went! He rest in the kalvinist temple of Kassa (the biggest city in North
Hungary, homeland of the kurucs), present day in Slovakia.
After the Independence war of Rákózci, from the kuruc army was organised the hussar! The most famous hungarian soldier type! Are you heard about them? Hm? A light horseman in a beautiful uniform in the wars of XVIII. century, and in Napoleonic wars. That was the golden era of the hungarian hussars!
Other things... Some hundreds years ago the hungarians abc wasn't definite, so some people wrote the hungarian consonant how they want. Kurutz, Kurucz or Kuruc are mean just the same. I think, that the Kuruc with cz or tz means that this people were nobleman, because they cultivate the tradition and knew how wrote theirs ancestor's names. When you see a hungarian name with an y (i) or ts (cs in hugarian), tz (c) it means, that ancestor of this family were nobleman or aristokrate.
For example: the normal name: Kovács (smith) but a nobleman wore this name: Kováts. This writing style is seemed older you know... :) (The hungarian noblemen were very foppish...)
The name: Kuruc is common in Hungary.
I wanted that you will be proud of your name, I think that your grand-grand-grandfater was a kuruc soldier! :) This is a good hungarian name."
A further update from G�bor, a few days after he sent the first batch of information: (thank you again, Gábor!)
I thought, that I should search some pages about kurucs (kurucok - in hungarian plural) because my english and memory is not to good... :)
So I found some very good page about Imre Thököly (the kuruc king) and his wife Ilona Zrínyi and of course about Ferenc Rákóczi II.
O, and you have to read about Vak Bottyán (Bottyán the Blind) the great kuruc general, and László (Leslie) Ocskay the kuruc colonel who become a traitor and labanc at end of the independence war of Rákóczi through a beautiful labanc spy woman. We have a very good book about this story by Mór Jókai: "Szeretve mind a vérpadig" (I'm trying it translate: To be loved forever until scaffold). Colonel László Ocskay were executed by sword in castle of Érsekújvár on Christmas Eve at 1710. His lover, the labanc spy woman went crazy, because she had a letter from the emperor, and an offer in this letter: kuruc officer hostige for Ocskay. But she was late, and she saw just the head of her lover on the top of the highest tower of Érsekújvár. It was the kuruc's vengeance!
When kuruc leaders heard, that Ocskay became traitor, a small kuruc team went into Vienna in labanc clothes, into the lair of the lion, and kidnapped him for judgement.
It's a good story, isn't? We hungarians have very long and intresting history! :)(The following information refers to a dead link, but I have kept here as it may be useful:)
"You can see on the top of the page a stamp with a kuruc vs. labanc battle. The text on the stamp: HUNGARIAN POST- Unknown painter: Kuruc - labanc battle (part). I remember that this picture theres was in my history book in the elementary school. The kuruc soldiers used an ancient hungarian weapon: fokos. It is a small axe like the indian tomahawk but it's pole is longer because they were horseman".
Again Rákóczi's and Thököly's history, and the famous picture from the young Ferenc Rákóczi II. by Ádám Mákonyi in 1711. http://hungaria.org/hal/hungary/index.php?halid=14&menuid=237
In the hungarian language we have 44 sound, but when we arrived to Carpatian Basin had to use the latin alphabet. In latin alphabet are little number of character for hungarian sounds.
The first hungarian king (Saint Stephen r. 997-1038) destroyed every ancient hungarian writing, and made some law, and must use the latin alphabet. It wasn't problem for some centuries, because we used the latin language in official place. But 500 years ago - like other nations - we started to use our native language in letters.
For many hungarian sounds they couldn't find good alternative in latin alphabet. So tried to use some characters for the good hungarian sounds.
The hungarian "c" isn't same the english "c", but similar the "ts" in the word: tsunami.
The ancient hungarian knew this problem, so make some version of the solution: kurucz, kurutz.
During the centuries clear out every sound writing rules, but not in the XVII. century. Present day we write kuruc, and say kuruc. 300 years ago we wrote kurucz or kurutz and say kuruc.
Other example: Your father name was Ferenc Kurucz. One hundred years ago Ferenc was Ferencz...
Here you can read about the language:
The writing rules changed during the centuries, but the names didn't. They wrote Kurucz in 1751? So we write same in present day!
Don't forget, that kurucz and kurutz were made for latin language, and isn't english! The english "cz" sound in "czeh" word same the hungarian "cs" in cseh (czeh) but don't similar the hungarian "c". I don't know, you use the "tz" in english language? We used it for 400 years.
Kuruce, kurucen, kurtz I don't know these words, they aren't hungarian.
Some fact about kuruc coat of arms, flags, motto etc.
Kuruc's coat of arms never exist, because in the early XVIII. century, every second hungarian were kuruc, the other part was labanc... :) It was a civil war. One party wanted a foreign king because they to be feared that turkish army come back and we need the german help, the other party wanted hungarian king because they thought that the Habsburg king betrayed us!
Every hungarian count, baron, warlord, nobleman were coat of arms from the former centruies. Which one is the real kuruc coat of arm?
Here you can see the list of kuruc generals:
and the list of kuruc colonels (we have a special word for kuruc colonel: brigadéros):
I would say that choose the Rákóczi family coat of arms. This famous, and most powerful dynasty gave 4 prince to Transylvania in XVI. and XVII. century, so they coat of arms build from Transylvania coat of arms. Here is the coat of arms II. Gyórgy (George) Rákóczi, Ferenc's grandfather, prince of Transylvania:
Here is the coat of arms of Transylvania, and princes of Transylvania:
The star and the half moon symbol of the siculi (I didn't find this name in english dictionary, this is the latin form, they were hungarian group in Transylvania, they joined to us in the ancient age, they are maybe hun, today speak hungarian), the 7 keep or tower is symbol of the german-saxon (they came to Hungary in the early XIII. century, the 7 keep is similar the 5 viking castle in England) and the black eagle is symbol of the hungarians.
So the Rákóczi's coat of arms: a black eagle with sword on a wheel.
The other famous "kuruc" coat of arms is belong to Tarpa village. It located in north-east Hungary. There was a poor man, Tamás (Thomas) Esze (it's meaning smarty) who got this villages for his duty in 1708: (english version)
The kuruc motto was: CUM DEI PRO PATRIE AT LIBERTATE (latin) it's meaning: By god for home (country) and freedom.
We, hungarians came from near of the Ural mountains, not from western China. Hungarians are white man (caucasian), and not mongolian or something else. Never see other hungarians face, just european. Until they don't start to speak I don't know he is german, english, russian etc. The most hungarians have brown hair and brown eyes. Of course we had long way to here, so met huns, scythian, kazar, besenyo (I don't know english name), kun, some slavic and turkish nation, german etc. Hungarian people mostly mixed from them. The hungarians girls are beautiful about this reason... :)
Here is the history of the langauge:
and history of the Hungary:
I hope this letter will help you understand some kuruc's things... :)
As Yuri Balega (another contributor to this page) said, the kuruc are known as hot-temper, fearless people. An kuruc attack was extremly fast, and brave. After the kuruc war, the Habsburg kings tried to assimilate the hungarians to the german (austrian) nation. In 1784. the king II. Jozef made a law: everybody have to speak in german. Of course the wave of indignation led to, that everybody started to looking for grandfather's kuruc uniform, and speak just hungarian. It was the birthday of the hungarian nationalism. After this time, the people had to say kuruc for an nationalism hungarian.
This site built in memory of
B. January 20, 1936 -
Ersekujvar, Hungary (now named Nové Zámky, Slovakia)
D. August 15, 2003 - Ajax, Ontario, Canada