First Advisor

Nathan Matlock

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Dr. J.T. Howe; Dr. Catherine Kleier; Dr. Lara Narcissi


Dr. Jazmin Muro


Regis College

Degree Name


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages



This thesis examines the reasons, methods, and implications of the process by which immigrant individuals and families changed ethnic/heritage surnames to anglicized/Americanized surnames. Eastern and Southern immigrant groups are the focus of this work. Names have implications for group membership and personal identity; as a broad trend, the changing of family names was a significant way in which immigrant groups acculturated to mainstream American culture. In American history, immigration has been inextricably linked to issues of race and racial identity. These themes are explored in depth as they relate to personal and group identification and belonging.

Date of Award

Spring 2019

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

Rights Statement

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