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  • 30 October 2020 4:51 PM
    Reply # 9336401 on 8958597

    I have an 1885 record and cannot make out a female first name.  It looks like Ochtinie.  I think I have the Ocht correct, but not the rest of it.  Does this ring any bells for anyone?


  • 13 October 2020 5:18 PM
    Reply # 9301852 on 8958597

    I looked at that site and seems like a large site. My family used the same familiar names over and over as the Rusyns did but then and again I see a name I never saw used in the family and its a surprise. Like my great grandfather whose name was Alexander and none of his sons or grandsons are named such. My guess is that there were some unrecorded male deaths in the family.


  • 12 October 2020 9:24 AM
    Reply # 9298782 on 8958597

    A good source for SURNAMES is: https://forebears.io/.  Also provides interesting facts, such as which country has the largest NUMBER or largest PERCENTAGE of persons with a particular surname.

  • 04 August 2020 9:55 AM
    Reply # 9143361 on 8958597

    Thanks for the interpretation of Velka.  I found it very interesting because both of my maternal Rusyn grandparents from the Slovakian side of the mountains had sisters named Eva.  And it adds meaning to my confirmation name of Evelyn.

  • 03 August 2020 4:59 PM
    Reply # 9142289 on 8958597

    Jewka is a Polish spelling, pronounced "Yevka"  in the Boyko - Lemko - Rusyn languages.  Its more formal version is  Ewa, in Polish pronounced "Ev-ah.."  In the U.S. the name morphed into Eve or Evelyn.  One of my grandfather Onufer Basarab's sisters bore that rather common name in the Boyko village from which he immigrated to the U.S. in 1902.   Their village Zurawin (Zhuravyn) no longer exists.  Today its location straddles the Polish-Ukrainian border not too far from  the  bprder with Slovakia.  A major character in the book "The Oak and the Linden" is named Yewka, so I presume it was not uncommon on the Slovak side of the mountains.

  • 05 July 2020 1:45 PM
    Reply # 9080404 on 8958597

    Sharon, I have the same group of names: Mihaly, Petrus, Janos etc.  Of course, Velka was on manifest and we don't know what the transcriber was actually hearing when the immigrant was speaking.  I was wondering if Velka might be Amercanized into Helen????? 

  • 04 July 2020 5:13 PM
    Reply # 9077810 on 8958597


       I have never seen that name either. I wonder about the name Pal. Second time seen. Didn't quite fit in with my family popular names, 

    the Mihaly's, Petro's. George. Nicholos, John's, Basil and Wasyl, 


  • 04 July 2020 9:44 AM
    Reply # 9077314 on 8958597

    I will have to check out the website.  Just the other day I came across the name Velka which I had never seen before.  Thanks

  • 03 July 2020 5:35 PM
    Reply # 9076411 on 8958597

    Hi Mark,

      thanks for the names site. Its interesting in different languages even with different spellings a name can be identified. I especially like the very old Rusyn names that you don't see today. 

  • 03 July 2020 3:40 PM
    Reply # 9076261 on 8958597
    Mark Papuga

    A site I've found helpful with the variations of first names listed for an individual is https://www.behindthename.com/

    An example is the name John; It's amazing what pops up based on different langages and cultures.

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