At 08:33 AM 2/24/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>Noreen thanks for the info and obit. I never thought of Paraska as a title,
>only as a first name meaning Pearl. I'll have to see if I can find out more
>about that. It was interesting and insightful to read about another Paraska.
According to a published list of Lemko Rusyn given names Paraska is the
short form for the woman's name Paraskevia. The Lemko, a western branch of
Rusyns, live/lived in SE Poland and NE Slovakia. I believe the name is
derived from the "Holy Great-Martyr Paraskevia of Iconomium" (3rd c.).