Translated by Alejandro Landman and Norbert Porile
Sigmund Freud’s parents were born and lived in Buchach. His father, Jacob Freud, was born in 1835. He married at age 19 but his wife died prematurely. At age 42 he got married a second time, to Amalia Nathanson. They had 2 sons and 5 daughters, one of whom was Sigmund.
According to the accompanying family tree, the surname Freud is derived from Freide. This was the name of an important woman and the family adopted her name.
In 1812 an Austrian government official arrived in Buchach in order to fulfill a law requiring that all inhabitants have official surnames. Thus was born the surname Freud.
The accompanying family tree was prepared in 1914 on the basis of the gravestone inscriptions in the Buchach cemetery and other documents. Its preparation took several years and the genealogy was approved by the Freud family.
Translator’s (NP) note. The above account contains numerous errors:
Sigmund Freud was actually the oldest of Jacob and Amalia’s children. He was born May 6, 1856.
Freide was the name of Schlomo Freud’s great-grandmother, a resident of Buchach.