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Probably most of the Schmucks of Hungary came from Germany.

Hungary was in war with the Turks for several centuries, and in the 1500s the country couldn't resist any more, and it collapsed. The Turks were attacking Wien, so the Austrians joined the Hungarian forces to defeat the Turks. After a long war Turkey was defeated (1686). Most of Hungarians died during the war against the Turks, so German people came to the near-empty Hungary by centralized migration during Queen Maria Theresia (1740-1780). This was the beginning of the common Austrian-Hungarian story, and this is why many Hungarians have German origin.

Another story of Hungarian Schmucks is much different. Based on family stories, the family Sumuk came from Asia. They were part of the Petcheneg nation, which joined Hungary. Petchenegs guarded the East-Hungarian border, which territory is now part of Slovenia and Austria.

Here is the description of Petchenegs from a Hungarian encyclopedia:
Nomad tribe, arised between 750-850 in West Turki. Lived between South part of River Volga and Mountain Ural. They were in continous was with the Kazárs. After suffering defeat (893) from the Úz nation, most of them escaped to the West, displacing Hungarians from Levédia, and later from Etelköz, which led to the Hungarians settle down in the Carpatian Basin. In the 10th century, 8 tribes of Petchenegs lived between the River Don and the River Dnyeper, later until the Southern part of River Danube. They crumpled up in the wars with the Great Principality of Kiev, Byzantium and Bulgaria. Some groups of them settled down in Hungary starting from the 10th century, serving the Hungarian Army as border-wardens. In the 13-14th century they gave up their language and social separatism and joined the Hungarians.
Note: Petchenegs are called Beseny? in Hungarian.

The Petcheneg name Sumuk was Germanized to Schmuck during the 19th century, the documents of this name change can still be found in the Abbey of Pannonhalma, Hungary. If you are a member of a S(ch)mu(c)k/Sumuk family of the same story, e-mail us! We may be relatives!

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