My Grandfather arrived in England round about 1910 and married my Grandmother in 1912. His surname was Cancea and we believe his first name was Stanley. We have one family letter which looks like he came from Bucherest but would be interested to know how I go about finding more out about his family and why he left Romania?

I have also found out that my Grandma had to change her nationality from British to Romanian to marry my Grandfather in 1912. Why would this have been?


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In the 1911 UK census he is called Stan, which is indeed possibly a shortened version of Stanley. He was a 26 year old boarder at 19 Blissett Street, Greenwich, and his occupation was Engineer. His birthplace is recorded as Buakaw or Buakan (difficult to read due to a correction on the form) in Rumania. As the form was filled out by the homeowner, he might not have understood or written down the name of the town properly. Good luck in your research

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    According to behindthename.com/name/stan-2 "Stan" is a Romanian given name, probably derived from Stanislav (which itself was not used by Romanians). The birthplace may be Bacău, which is in Moldavia, in the east of Romania.
    – bgwiehle
    Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 12:32

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