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  • 23 August 2021 10:56 AM
    Reply # 10950421 on 8958597
    Petro Z

    Hi Stephanie,

    I would suggest following Rusyn variant of your relatives first names you have listed:

    Anna and Maria - you are right, like real Rusyn

    Joachim more like German or official, in Rusyn villages would be used Juchim (pron. Yukhim)

    Gerasimus like Latin for metrical record, official - Gerasim is right

    Joseph is Josif (pron. Yosif) or official Jozsef

    Michael is Michal/Michail/Michailo

    John is Ivan/Janko(pron.Yanko)/Jan/Janos official

    William is Vasil/Basilius as official Latin

    Simon is Semen

    Peter is Petro; Petrus - from Latin in metrics or diminutive for a boy

    Julia could be, and pron. Yulia or Jula/Julka (Yuka/Yulka) in some villages; Julianna is dufferent more "like-for-city" name, Hungarian/Polish influence

    Emilia - sure, could be; Emil or Omelian - mens names. Emiliana - not sure heard/read such variant

  • 17 August 2021 6:43 AM
    Reply # 10936597 on 10069309
    Anonymous
    Anonymous wrote:
    Anonymous wrote:

    Hello everyone!!

    I recently received a family photo of my ancestors from Uscie Gorlickie (my 2nd great grandparents Joachim Chowansky & Julia Krynicki and their family).

    I want to record their names on back of photo, but do not have Rusyn versions of first names. I know there may be many variations, but am asking for the most common Rusyn forms of the following Anglicized names:

    • Julia (or Juliana? Would Juliana be spelled with one or two n’s?)
    • Joseph
    • Michael
    • John
    • William
    • Simon 
    • Peter (Petrus?)
    • Mildred or “Millie” (I am thinking this was maybe Emilia or Emiliana; Julia’s father was Emilianus. I found a christening record listing her name as “Semiliam, ” but this does not sound like a female name and I am thinking this must have been an error made while transcribing/trying to read old records.)
    * I think the names Joachim, Anna, Maria & Gerasimus are already Rusyn forms? Please correct me if I am wrong here.


    Thank you in advance for your help!

    Sincerely,
    Stephanie Chowansky Laughlin 




  • 11 February 2021 3:14 AM
    Reply # 10081846 on 8958597
    Petro Z

    You are right, Stephanie, it makes sense.  Akym or Yakym would sound more Rusyn than like biblical or German Joachim name.

    Cheers,

    Petro Z


  • 08 February 2021 9:44 AM
    Reply # 10069315 on 10069309

    Thank you so much, Petro! I have actually seen Joachim written as “Akym” on a few records. Does this make sense?

    Thanks again,

    Stephanie

    :)




  • 08 February 2021 9:39 AM
    Reply # 10069309 on 10053114
    Anonymous
    Anonymous wrote:

    Hello everyone!!

    I recently received a family photo of my ancestors from Uscie Gorlickie (my 2nd great grandparents Joachim Chowansky & Julia Krynicki and their family).

    I want to record their names on back of photo, but do not have Rusyn versions of first names. I know there may be many variations, but am asking for the most common Rusyn forms of the following Anglicized names:

    • Julia (or Juliana? Would Juliana be spelled with one or two n’s?)
    • Joseph
    • Michael
    • John
    • William
    • Simon 
    • Peter (Petrus?)
    • Mildred or “Millie” (I am thinking this was maybe Emilia or Emiliana; Julia’s father was Emilianus. I found a christening record listing her name as “Semiliam, ” but this does not sound like a female name and I am thinking this must have been an error made while transcribing/trying to read old records.)
    * I think the names Joachim, Anna, Maria & Gerasimus are already Rusyn forms? Please correct me if I am wrong here.


    Thank you in advance for your help!

    Sincerely,
    Stephanie Chowansky Laughlin 



  • 01 February 2021 6:28 PM
    Reply # 10054635 on 8958597
    Petro Z

    Hi Stephanie,

    Let me try to answer your question:

    Julia - would be the same or Jula (pron. Yula); Juliana could be with both single/double n’s. It was not common in villages but rather among town population

    Joseph - Josip/Josif (pron. Yosip), in old birth records could be Latin Josephus

    Michael - Michal/Michail/Michailo

    John - Ivan/Janko, in old birth records could be Latin Johanes

    William - Viliam. Sorry, this name doesn't sound any close to Rusyn. Rather like Hungarian Vilmos.

    Simon - Semen, in old birth records could be like Greek Simeon

    Peter - would be the same or Petro, in old birth records could be latin Petrus

    Mildred or “Millie” - could be Milia/Emilia. Mildred rather German, Millie is English for sure

    Emilianus - Emil, would not say a common name, in old birth records Latin Emilianus

    Joachim - rather German, but could be some strict priest baptized the child according to that name day

    Anna and Maria - total bingo! Real Rusyn names

    Gerasimus - Gerasim, would not say a common name, in old birth records Latin Gerasimus

    Cheers,

    Petro Z


  • 01 February 2021 10:09 AM
    Reply # 10053114 on 8958597

    Hello everyone!!

    I recently received a family photo of my ancestors from Uscie Gorlickie (my 2nd great grandparents Joachim Chowansky & Julia Krynicki and their family).

    I want to record their names on back of photo, but do not have Rusyn versions of first names. I know there may be many variations, but am asking for the most common Rusyn forms of the following Anglicized names:

    • Julia (or Juliana? Would Juliana be spelled with one or two n’s?)
    • Joseph
    • Michael
    • John
    • William
    • Simon 
    • Peter (Petrus?)
    • Mildred or “Millie” (I am thinking this was maybe Emilia or Emiliana; Julia’s father was Emilianus. I found a christening record listing her name as “Semiliam, ” but this does not sound like a female name and I am thinking this must have been an error made while transcribing/trying to read old records.)
    * I think the names Joachim, Anna, Maria & Gerasimus are already Rusyn forms? Please correct me if I am wrong here.


    Thank you in advance for your help!

    Sincerely,
    Stephanie Chowansky Laughlin 


    Last modified: 01 February 2021 2:09 PM | Anonymous member
  • 31 December 2020 4:41 PM
    Reply # 9545188 on 8958597

    Many, many moons ago Greg  Kolojeski published an article from "The Orthodox Herald",   http://www.rusyn.com/crgiven.htm about Carpatho-Rusyn Given (first) Names.

    In summary it says:

    Sons are named, in birth order as:

    1. Father

    2. Father's Father

    3. Mother's Father

    4. Other sons named after other relatives

    Daughters are named, in birth order as:

    1. Maria

    2. Hanna

    3. Olena

    4. Other daughters named after other relatives

    This tradition was followed in my village of Zboj, Slovakia, from the 1700's until about 1914.


    In a related matter, in 1868, the Hungarian Nationalities Law dictated that minority languages were essentially banished from use in administrative and legal applications.   This explains by and large why place names are documented in Magyar ("Hungarian").

     Most of the "Magyarization" of personal names occurred only in the middle of Hungary, around Budapest.   In 1867, attempts were made to Magyarize Carpatho-Rusyn names and they pressed the churches to add western rite practices to the Greek Catholic liturgy and replace Church Slavonic with Magyar.   As you can see by the records they kept, our regions were slow to change, if ever, due to the remoteness of the region.


  • 30 December 2020 3:01 PM
    Reply # 9518413 on 8958597
    Sharon

    29 December 2020 1:51 PM

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    Reply # 9492351 on 8958597

    Karen

    I thought the order of female children was Maria, Anna, Olena.  What do others think?

     Hi Karen,

         I read that was the order of female naming as well on a website . Apparently, my family didn't follow that. I found an interesting site on Rusyn names on nameberry.com/userlist/view/79099. It has the beautiful  Rusyn names you rarely hear today unless you are doing research. Sharon

  • 29 December 2020 1:51 PM
    Reply # 9492351 on 8958597
    Karen

    I thought the order of female children was Maria, Anna, Olena.  What do others think?

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