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Jambrich/Yambrick surname?

Ericasuf 1 | 14
9 Oct 2007 #1
So my uncle is really good at tracing our family tree. But I dont' see him very often. He told me though, that our family name back in the day, in Poland used to be 'Jambrich', but when my ancestors immigrated here it was changed to 'Yambrick' to avoid confusion.

Any other Yambrick/Jambrich's? Does that even SOUND Polish?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384
9 Oct 2007 #2
Does that even SOUND Polish?


A name doesn't have to be Polish to make you Polish. Where in Poland do the family come from ?

Go to JewishGen and do a soundex search on the name.
bookratt 6 | 85
10 Oct 2007 #3
I agree with Wroclaw. You can have the name Stern and be Polish--be born there, lived there, died there, all your ancestors living there for a hundred years. That makes you Polish, despite the origin of the name or what religion you are, if you culturally identify yourself as Polish.

Many of the people named Jambrich from the early 1900s at ancestry dot com stated they came from Slovakia or Austria. They could have been Polish people who moved to those area before immigration to the US.

Do you know who the earliest ancestor to immigrate to the US was? Their 1st name? Or where the family first settled when they came here?

I can try and do a search for you.
OP Ericasuf 1 | 14
10 Oct 2007 #4
Thank you, Bookratt! We are Slovak and Austrian too, but we identify most with the Polish ancestry. I think my great-great grandmother's name was Leona. But it could be something different.
blackadder 1 | 114
10 Oct 2007 #5
my neighbour surname is Jambrich.I call him Jambo.
It's Croatian name I think.
OP Ericasuf 1 | 14
11 Oct 2007 #6
Jambo? Cool. My dad's name is Jim and sometimes we call him Jimbo.
14 Mar 2008 #7
My maternal great grandmother was a Jambrich. She and her five sisters (inseperable) moved to and eventually were laid to rest in a village on the Translyvanian border (on the Hungarian side as the village was split down the middle by the border). The village in in the south of eastern part of the country. I do not remember any other languages being spoken other than Hungarian, though there is a possibility of a Slavic variant being spoken. I'm not sure which Slavic language. In terms of clothing, they were very subdued; not as flamboyant as others in the area. Does anyone have any pictures? Perhaps the origin could be determined by the style of dress or ornamentation in the household.
OP Ericasuf 1 | 14
26 Mar 2008 #8
Jambi, that's very interesting. Was your great grandmother Transylvanian born? Or was she from Poland?

I believe it was my great grandmother also, who was straight from Poland.
Jyambrick - | 5
25 Aug 2008 #9

My name is Joseph Yambrick and our family orginated in the Slovakian/Austrian region around the area of Bratislava, Slovakia. You stated that you're great-great-grandmother's name was Leona. My grandmothers name was Leona Yambrick (Makutha), and she was Polish (Makutha) and the only Leona Yambrick that lived in the US as far as my dad knows, but my Grandfather was of Slovakian/Austrian decent. My mother has a pretty complete history (family tree) dating back to the late 1700's or 1800's of the Yambrick family. In fact my Great-great-great grand parents are buried in Talgart, Austria.

My Great grandfather, and his brother George and 2 sisters came over by boat to Ellis Island and that is where the name changed from Jambrich (old world) to Yambrick. The name change happened as a result of the administrators who worked at Ellis Island mistakenly thought that the Letter "J" was a "Y" and the "H" was a "K" according to how my grandfather signed his last name. Come to find out it was pretty common for that kinda thing to happen. And REALLY expensive to have it fixed!

They migrated from NY (with nothing to thier name) to Punxetauny PA where they went to work in the coal mines, That is why there are alot of Yambricks still in the PA/West Virginia area. My grandfather and his some of his family moved to Michigan and wound up residing in and around Flint, Michigan. If you ever hear the last name of Yambrick you know you are related too that person. It's not a common name like Smith or Jones.

Talgart, Austria

Actually it is Telgárt Slovakia NOT Talgart, Austria
OP Ericasuf 1 | 14
20 Sep 2008 #10
Thank you so much!

I am the granddaughter of Joseph Yambrick, who was married to Janet Stephens. That is her maiden name. My father is James Yambrick, and my mother is Wendy Howard if you know any of them. I saw my aunt, Kim yesterday and she said that I am related to you.. I think you are my great-cousin or something like that. Anyway, Janet and Joseph's kids are all my aunts and uncles. I was born in Flint, and now I live in Webberville.

Thanks again for all the information!
1 Oct 2008 #11
My maiden name is Kathleen Yambrick. My father's name is Greg Yambrick and my mom's name is Sharon Yambrick. My father's living siblings number 10. Uncle Joe and Aunt Tony (I think) died many years ago. I have so many great memories of playing with my approx. 32 first cousins. I have especially fond memories of Natalie, Bobby, Tony, Jeffery, Lisa, Michael, Carrie, Kathy, JoJo, Chris, and the list goes on and on. We also had such fun times at the cabin my dad and his family built. Trish, Jen (my sisters) and I once threw Tony's crayons into the lake--the consequences for that episode do not make fond memories! I also remember grandma's goose chasing us around her house on Eggleston St. My parents, sisters and I moved to Indiana when I was 9 years old--about 1976. Anyway, I heard that our great-grandfather came to the US under mysterious circumstances--something about him being somehow involved with the suicide of a young man. Is there any truth to this? I heard Grandma's (Leona) family was from Poland and that there is some confusion regarding where Grandpa's (Joe) relatives came from.
Jyambrick - | 5
2 Oct 2008 #12
Hi Kathleen. I am you're first cousin Joey. You're Uncle Paul's son. How is you're parents doing? I hope all is well. Tell you're sisters I said Hi.

Never heard of ther suicide thing before, I will ask my dada if he has. That's really interesting I have never heard (or asked for that matter) WHY they came over, I just always thought that during that time (early 1900's) it was the thing too do with all of the immigration and all.

Reply back via email and leave you're contact info. and we'll talk.

Tell everyone I said Hi will you?

11 Oct 2008 #13
Are your sisters Carrie, Kathy and Jennifer? Do they have a house on Hick's Lake? If so, I remember you as a child. My dad always thought you were the greatest kid! My email address is kateholdeman@hotmail. Look forward to hearing from you. Did you happen to talk to your dada regarding Grandpa's family's reasons for immigrating to the US? Is the family from Slovakia?
OP Ericasuf 1 | 14
16 Oct 2008 #14
Haha, we should all have a reunion or something out at Hick's Lake. I hope I'll be able to go there not this weekend, but next weekend. I miss it up there. :[
torpek - | 1
23 Nov 2008 #15
Attention Jambi,

Hello cousin! I am the great grand-daughter of a Jambrich. I spent many of my early summer years in Nagylak running back and forth from the houses of the 6 Jambrich sisters. I remember them well. Please send me your email address. Nagylak is split down the middle: my relatives still live there. Your great aunt, my grandmother, is living in Budapest right now, but you still have cousins in the village. I am living in Canada now. Please send me your email address to: torpek@hotmail

2 Dec 2008 #16

My father is William Yambrick, my mothers name is Marjorie, I have 11 brothers and sisters, Bill, Joe, Chuck, Mary, Margaret, Mike, Paul, Frank, Ellen, Alex and my self Christine. Grandpa Joseph, Grandma Mary, Uncle Paul, Uncle Joe, Aunt Margie,

Uncle Joe and Aunt Leona had 12 children. You talked about Hicks Lake I remember as a small child going to see Uncle Joe and Aunt Leona, we always had a good time. What was the name on the sign? 12 Inn? I really never knew to much about our heritage, I new that Grandma came from Germany, Grandpa came from Austria, he had sisters. We were very close to Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Margie. I would like to no more about my heritage.
Jyambrick - | 5
21 Jan 2009 #17
Hi Christine. You're Dad was my great uncle Bill. You're uncle Joe and Aunt Leona were my grandpa and grandma respectfully. You're right they had 12 children my dad (Paul) is the third oldest he is married to Marylou. I am one of a few Joe Yambricks around Flint.

My Sister and I attended Alex's Funeral. We deeply regret you're loss.

From the information my mother has, it seems that the origins of the name came from Slovakia as I stated in an earlier text. Bratislava, Slovakia is right on the border with Austria, so migration back and forth from both countries would have been easy. We have heard stories that there are quite alot of Jambrichs' still over there, in fact somebody took a trip over there years ago and brought back a page or two from a phone book with the listings of numerous people with the last name Jambrich.

I was told that the story of the Austrian origin of our last name was due to the fact that at that time, Austria was a more affluent place to live in comparision to their relativly poor nieghbor Slovakia. So when applying for jobs here in America during the earliest part of the 20th century, it "looked better" to the potential employer if you stated that you're origins were from a more infulential part of europe. Especially when you had an accent, naturally someone is going to ask you where you are from.

I remember ny great aunt Marjorie and Great Aunt Mary (you're uncle Pauls wife) they were nice people. Great uncle Paul had ENORMOUS hands! I remember that! They called you're dad Big Bill, I still have people ask me if I'm related to him. Myself and parents went to his induction ceremony. You have a nephew with the same name as myself that people get me confused with.
13 Feb 2009 #18
Hi there!

My step father is Wilhelm Jambrich. I really don't know anything of his family background but what I do know is that he was born in Vienna, Austria.

Hope to get any information that you may know of.

Mar Vincent Jambrich
26 Feb 2009 #19
Hi all!

I am Claus Jambrich from Vienna, Austria.
As far as I know, I have Hungarian ancestors. But I never found out more about this side of my family.

Claus Jambrich
Olasz - | 69
28 Feb 2009 #20
Jambrich could be polishJambrych if it helps :)
1 Mar 2009 #21
I asked my father some days ago. He told me, my great-grandparents (or great-great-...) were Roma (gypsy isn't political correct anymore, I think). They settled down near Györ (today Hungary) at the end of the 19th century. But that's all. I know my mothers Family-tree back to about 1760 (they always lived in the same small village in Lower Austria), but not much about my fathers family. My father was never interested in that, and my Grandparents died when I was a baby. So, just rumors about my origin.
PolskaMan 2 | 147
1 Mar 2009 #22
Wow im suprized that all you guys found each other on the internet!You guys must be happy
3 Apr 2009 #23

We just organise 1. meetings of Jambrichs in Slovakia (I guess mostly Slovak Jambrich will be present) - from our research, there are about 80 Jambrichs in Slovakia.

Pls have a look at the site:

and if you find it interesting, register to our Jambrichs database, we will keep you posted about our Jambrich activities.

Ludo Jambrich, Slovakia.
budai peter - | 1
17 Apr 2009 #24
Hi Torpek and Jambi!

I'm Budai Peter from Belgium and looking for the Hungarian Jambriks. They originated from Gyomaendröd and a part of them settled about 1860 in Ujkigyos near Gyula, not so far away from Nagylak.

If this rings a bell to you, please reply at

21 Sep 2009 #25
your father and mother are my great aunt and uncle. my mom use to be a yambrick until she got married, of course. I haven't had any contact with any of the yambricks because of William Yambrick II (i think) suicide. if you could please, please, please contact me that would be great! I would really love to get to know that side of my family!
Jyambrick - | 5
8 Oct 2009 #26
Could you please tell me what you're father and mothers name is? Where abouts are you from? My family is trying to figure out who you maybe.


Joe Yambrick
12 May 2010 #27
Kyambrick wrote:

I have especially fond memories of Natalie, Bobby, Tony, Jeffery, Lisa, Michael, Carrie, Kathy, JoJo, Chris, and the list goes on and on.

I went to school with a Tony and Lisa Yambrick in Amsterdam, The Netherlands back in 1980. They were from Michigan. I never saw them again and have recently been trying to find either one on the internet with no luck. I wonder if the Tony and Lisa you speak of are the same people or related? If so, I'd love to get back in contact. My email is christianbobak@hotmail.
mahall - | 1
26 Jan 2011 #28
My grandmother was a Yambrick. looking for other Yambrick (Jambrich) in Telgart region of Slovakia ( was Austria-Hungary when Grandma lived there in the late 1800's early 1900's).During Communist era Telgart was called Smermovo (sp). The Hungarian name for Telgart is Garamfo. The boundaries of this region changed as the politics of the region changed.

It has been Austrian, German, Hungarian -so that many people with the name Jambrich may identify themselves as that nationalitiy but were really from the same region. Poland was just across the mountains near Poprad and the Spis region.

Telgart is a village in the Lower Tatra region. I remember Grandma talking about the mountains and life there. When she came to the US she came through Ellis Island settled in New York, then Pennsylvania where she met my Grandfather who came from a village (Sumiac) near hers in Slovakia, yet they didn't meet until the US.

I am told we still have relatives in Telgart.

Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
26 Jan 2011 #29
JAMBRYCH: Has been reocrded in Poland together with the Jambryk, Jamryk and Jamrych versions as names derived from the German first name Emryk/Emrich. They are shared throughout the Polish-Bohemian-Slovak area.
3 Feb 2011 #30

and if you find it interesting, register to our Jambrichs database, we will keep you posted about our Jambrich activities.

Ahoy, Ludo.

Thank you for this.

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