You are right just in what you put within brackets. In fact ZHITESLAV is a
corruption of ZHIDESLAV and I registered it the the Novgorod Chronicles.
From: Anya Stickney
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2012 6:23 PM
Subject: Re: [sig] Need help with a name meaning
Here's my understanding from modern Russian...
Zhiteslav/Zyteslav consists of "Zhyt", which means to live, and "Slav"
which would mean good/happy. So I would understand Zhiteslav to mean
living good, "bon vivont", or something along those lines.
(Also, "Zhyt" is a modern slang for a person of Jewish decent. But I don't
know if this was the case in period.)
Zaitsev has the root "Zaits", which means rabbit.
Dmitrii and Dimitrii are the same name, and considering that in Russia one
person can go by many names (Dimitrii, Dmitrii, Dima, Mitya are all one
same name), I think that what you passed was the formal name. But you can
go by any of the alternatives, and be completely accurate. But I
understand wanting it to be spelled a certain way since in the US people
usually go by only one name.
As an asside, in Russian, I can go by Anna, Anya, Anechka, Anushka, An'ka,
Annya, and all of them valid.
Hope it helps,
On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 8:30 AM, Maryelizabeth <peterbenma@...> wrote:
> At Pennsic, my son had his name submitted and it was not done exactly
> right. We are hoping to find the meaning of the surname submitted for him.
> The name in question is Zhiteslav. On the heraldry database it only gives
> a variation of the spelling: Zyteslav.
> He is a bit unhappy with Dmitrii being submitted as Dimitrii, but I think
> we can overlook that if the meaning to the surname is acceptable to him.
> Thank you for any help with this. I have been unable to get help from
> other heralds on this. The original name he wanted was Dmitrii Zaitsev,
> which in period would have been spelled Zaitsov - wires definitely got
> crossed somewhere when he tried to explain what he wanted.
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