History and origin of surname Palágyi

Here I would like to talk about history and origin of surname Palágyi.

There are 2 areas that are very close to each other that I think might be place that Palágyi can be traced back in history. Bee-line distance between them is about 75km (46 mi). To be consistent, I will use old hungarian names of these places that I have found in old map dated 1910. First group of places includes Palágy and Palágykomorócz. Second area called The Palágyság region includes villages Bot-Palád, Kis-Palád m., Kis-Palád and last one Nagy-Palád. In The Palágyság region you can find also small Palád-stream forms the border between Hungary and the Ukraine for 6.5 kilometres one kilometre before it flows into the River Túr.

Some tranlsations: Kis (small), Nagy (big), Komorócz (swamp), Bot (?stick?)

Old map sources :
Eötvös Loránd University - Faculty of Informatics - Department of Cartography and Geoinformatics
1910 -
Magyarország kézi atlasza (75 térkép) GÖNCZY PÁL (2 types of maps)
1910 -
3rd Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary (very detailed 1:200000 original old maps)
1910 -
Same as above but new, redrawn version
1800 -
Magyarország Térképeken XIX. századból (check Ung & Szathmár vármegye)

Based on information that was given to me, it seems that origin of our family tree goes back to 12th century. At that time Hungarian King Anty- Laszlo II, 1162-1163 gave “Swampy Land Palad” to Paladi which is located in area also know as Transcarpathia (so far I am not sure which exact place it was). Main sentence in document in latin is “Conferimus Paladi Terram Paludosum Palad”, in hungarian “Adomanyozzuk Paladinak Palad Mocsaras Foldjet” and in englis “I am giving swampy land Palad to Paladi”.

Another source that is in hungarian talks about Nagy-Palád more or less this:
“Local name Palád hungarian Pala, is derived from given name Pal (english Paul). Oldest historical information come from year 1332 named as Palad. Chronicle from yaer 1477 metion name Nagypalád. Information from year 1851 tells that this village belonged to Szatmár County (Szatmár vármegyéhez). Some time ago, there were water-mills located on rivers Túr and Batár in the village area. Oldest written documet about  Nagypalád is from year 1420. During census of Szatmár County in year 1563, (now this part is not clear to me) they wrote that area belonged to families Cholnoki, Kezegh and Veöres. Turkish and Labanc armies were very cruel (tyrannize) to people in village. There were also farmsteads (homesteads) that belongend to the village (Szakadát, Róth, Hadadi, Deák, Csipkés, Cholnoki) In year 1944, Stalinists took away 112 man from which 51 died. 20 men died in World War II.”

The Palágyság region is formed by three villages - differing only from an ethnographic point of view. These are Botpalád, Kispalád, and the Ukrainian Velika Palagy. The geographic and historic past of the region is common. The Túrhát and Palágyság regions are part of the Szatmári Erdohát region. Botpalád, was already inhabited in the Prehistoric Age and was surrounded by extensive forests. It was considered to be a famous noble village.


(now Ukraine) also known as Palaď, Palágy, Palagy, Паладь, Paładź

for some reason on newer maps it comes up as Komarivtsi, Komorocz, Komarovcy, Komarivci there is posibility that it is now part of Palágykomorócz


(now Ukraine) also known as Palaď Komarivtsi,  Palagy-Komorocz, Palágykomoróc, Palagykomoroc [Kisszelmenc], Palaď-Komarivc’y, (ukranian) Паладь Комарівці, (russian) Паладь Комаривци, Паладь-Комаровецької, Паладь - Комаровцы,(polish) Paładź-Komarowce,


(now Hungary)

Kis-Paládi m.

(now Hungary) very small and probably does not exist anymore


(now Hungary) also known as Kis-Palad, Мала Паладь


(formerly in Szatmar Varmegye.now Ukraine) also known as Nagy-Palad, Groys Palad, Veliky Palad,Velyka Palad, Velika Palaď, Nagypalád, Palád, Велика Паладь, Большая Паладь

Villages named in the 1828 Hungarian Census: SZATMAR MEGYE: Kis-Palad and Nagy-Palad, Bot-Palad Borvely, Rozsa-Pallag, UNG MEGYE:Palagy Palagy-Komorocz,

Nagy-Palad and Kis-Palad are mentioned also in “Treaty of Peace Between The Allied and Associated Powers and Hungary And Protocol and Declaration, Signed at Trianon June 4, 1920” that was result of World War I.

Not translated comments found on the web:
Palágykomoróc - A Palágykomoróc alakhoz a -ra, -on, ám a gyakrabban használt Palágy változathoz a -ba, -ban rag kapcsolódik.

Város: Palágykomoróc
Részvétel éve: 2002
2002-ben Palágykomoróc és Ungvár közös produkcióval is készült. A Babatánc párosait is nagy szeretettel fogadta a főtér közönsége.

Die Gemeinde in Palágykomoróc hat 277 erwachsene Mitglieder. (The district in Palágykomoróc has 277 adult members.)

В более поздних представлениях народов к. Ё. часто контаминирует с образом Сю Паладь "Хлебная Пелагея", знича (< рус. Полудница). Не исключено поэтому, что изначально Ё. -женское божество, хозяйка злаков.

Русские имена, произносимые на удмуртский манер. Почти во всех именах ударение ставится на последнюю гласную, например: Васька, Катя - ударение должно быть всегда на последней букве.
Пелагея — Паладдя, Паладь

Probably more forms of name:
 ПАЛАДІЙ , Паладьевич

Last updated: Wednesday, September 08, 2004

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