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Rusyn first names

  • 19 May 2020 8:10 AM
    Reply # 8978970 on 8958597
    John F Sansky

    My father, John, was called Yonk or Yonko by his family. I always spelled it with a "J". They called his brother George, Yerk, and his brother Mike, Host (rhymes with lost). When I asked why these nicknames the answer was always,"I don't know," or," Ja ne znaju".

  • 19 May 2020 8:02 AM
    Reply # 8978962 on 8958597

    I have also seen John as Janos and Ivan.  Regarding William, I found my maternal grandmother's brother's obit as William and in ( ) was Wasyl. Then on his church baptism record, he was listed as Basilius.  Depending on which ruling country was in power determined what language was spoken and therefore the spelling of names.  I have also seen my grandmother Julia spelled as Ula/Ulya. Recommended to me, was an excellent book, "With Their Backs to the Mountains" by Dr. Paul Magocsi.  At times it was a little wordy and I had to re-read parts but still gave an insight to the history of the Rusyns.

  • 19 May 2020 12:45 AM
    Reply # 8978441 on 8958597

    Some other thoughts on the name John. Looking back on my research I  see other names for John such as Janos and Ivan. I wonder if Yonko was the familiar form of John. 

  • 18 May 2020 11:51 PM
    Reply # 8978405 on 8958597

    I believe John is the English version of Yonko. I had 2 uncle Yonko's listed on there early papers and then when in America were referred to as John. 

  • 18 May 2020 2:37 AM
    Reply # 8976470 on 8958597

    FWIW, my great-uncle Wasil Americanized his name to William, then shortened it to Bill. I also know that my father, who was named John, was called Yonko by his parents/grandparents as a boy. Is Yonko a nickname for John? Or is there a connection between John and Yonko?

  • 17 May 2020 9:47 PM
    Reply # 8976033 on 8958597

    My fathers name was Wasil ?, Story has it that the teacher named him Charles and thats what he went by . Some say Wasil is  Americanized to Charles, others William.  

  • 17 May 2020 9:43 PM
    Reply # 8976030 on 8958597

    Do you know what it means in English? Maybe Julia?  

  • 17 May 2020 7:26 PM
    Reply # 8975904 on 8958597

    My great grandmother was named Jewka , I believe it's not that uncommon of a name.  She immigrated to the U.S. in 1904 from Pielgrzymka Jaslo County. 

  • 16 May 2020 2:07 PM
    Reply # 8973379 on 8958597

    In my family, not any of those names, but my grandmother's family from Prislip/Prislop in Western Ukraine had the following names on the 1920 census: Anna, Mary, Sylvia, Wasil, Georg, Pyotr, Helen.

  • 09 May 2020 11:24 PM
    Message # 8958597


     My family followed the traditional Rusyn naming order making for difficult research with common surnames. Yes, many Mihaly, Petro, Ivan, Vaszil , Nicholay and then the ladies Anna, Maria, Olena, Pohala,  But I found some first names that aren't familiar to me such as Jewka , Pal and Kuat. Anyone familiar with these names?


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