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Ethnic backround of suffixes of Polish surnames


Milamilenka
26 Dec 2019 #31
Hi Terri, thanks for your answer! I am curious why you think it's of Russian origin? Some Polish people told me it's a Polish name, but I doubt it too, because I know my grandparents lived in a German enclave in Romania/Bukovina. Based on what I've read so far on this forum I guessed the name Skiczuk might have been formed by "Skic" ( https://polishforums.com/genealogy/skicewicz-original-spelling-last-name-55510/ ) and the patronym -zuk, but that is supposedly Ukrainian, which is also quite strange given the fact they were Germans.
Ironside 51 | 11,499
26 Dec 2019 #32
grandparents lived in a German enclave

So what? The name is not German, nor Russian. Its Rusinskie/ could be Ukrainian could be Polish. Religion would be most telling although not in 100%.

By the way Terri ain't an expert nor is she Polish,
Lyzko 32 | 7,873
26 Dec 2019 #33
Was told my family name, Pajdo, is in fact not Polish, maybe Ruthenian or some such ethnicity.
Milamilenka
26 Dec 2019 #34
@Ironside
Catholic I guess...
Ironside 51 | 11,499
28 Dec 2019 #35
There you go - 100% Polish.
Cargo pants 3 | 1,174
28 Dec 2019 #36
My wife last name was NIKOLAS not NICHOLAS and that is not Polish.I always wonder.
Brygida
4 Sep 2021 #37
Hello, is it possible to have a surname hand written in Belarusian identified?
mafketis 32 | 10,552
4 Sep 2021 #38
Scan it and post it (or post a link to a scan) the bigger the better and maybe someone can help....
Brygida
4 Sep 2021 #39
Hello mafketis, thank you for your message. I've copied it to google.documents so that it can be viewed. Link to document is docs.google.com/document/d/1SdmEcBON9IUy3mt00UlGBdiVR2wuNFTGxeH3Hs7UJJA/edit?usp=sharing
mafketis 32 | 10,552
4 Sep 2021 #40
I've copied it to google.documents so that it can be viewed.

Viewing requires permission, you might want to make it open. Once it's available give it at least a week (or month) for those who can help to see it.
Brygida
4 Sep 2021 #41
Hello mafketis, I've changed the permission so anyone can view docs.google.com/document/d/1SdmEcBON9IUy3mt00UlGBdiVR2wuNFTGxeH3Hs7UJJA/edit?usp=sharing
OP Paulina 13 | 2,229
4 Sep 2021 #42
@Brygida, I don't know Belarusian, but I can read Cyrillic - the surname looks like "Pagarcow" (if you don't know Polish then it would be pronounced "pagartzov").
Brygida
4 Sep 2021 #43
Thank you Paulina, Does anyone know where you can search your ancestry with surnames? Pagarcow doesn't show up under Polish or Belarusian surnames in wikipedia or on ancestry.com. This is for my grandfather who was born in 1912 in Baranowicze, Belarus. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Ironside 51 | 11,499
4 Sep 2021 #44
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Sound like a Russian surname.
Brygida
5 Sep 2021 #45
Thanks @Ironside
mafketis 32 | 10,552
5 Sep 2021 #46
he surname looks like "Pagarcow"

Like you I know cyrillic (though handwriting can be tough for me) I thought it looked more like Pagaricov (that downstroke before the c) but no version of that showed any google hits

I did just find a handful of hits for Paharicov (g in Belarus represents something like Czech h or Ukrainian g) so that might be something to follow.

On the other hand -ov is more Russian (in Belarusian it would be -ou or maybe -au)
Lyzko 32 | 7,873
5 Sep 2021 #47
"-ou" is also Czech as in "Na Sledanou!".
mafketis 32 | 10,552
5 Sep 2021 #48
"Na Sledanou!".

na shledanou but that's a different -ou (probably fem accusative adj - ą in Polish)

It's not the possesive suffix -ów in Polish, -ov in Russian (and Czech) and -ou in Belarusian (in the middle of words I don't know if it occurs as a word final element in family names....)
Lyzko 32 | 7,873
5 Sep 2021 #49
I'd forgotten that, thank you.
Brygida
7 Sep 2021 #50
Hello Everyone, thank you for helping me with the mystery of my grandfather's name.

Ending the name in -ov sounds more Russian. My grandfather's religion was Russian Orthodox which he converted to Roman Catholic when he married my grandmother. They were both born in Baranowice then Belarus, now Poland.
Dhduduudjdjd
16 Dec 2021 #51
Hi, what about Tobolkiewicz?


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