8134Re: Switala surname
- Feb 7, 2006Thanks Andre (and Laurence).
I am well aware of the mispellings or simply variations among
surnames and Switalo/Switala is one that seems (even among the
records I know of) to have had more variations even than most
surnames. I think the German letter "S" with the "Sh" sound is close
enough to the Polish "S" when it has the diactical mark. So there
probably is not much difference there (all in the ear), although the
Polish "elw" as I call it (letter "l" with stroke through it) is most
often simply pronounced as the letter "l" in German. Maybe if I am
off base, Fred would clarify for us.
Yes, I am very well aware of William F. Hoffman's (Fred's) wonderful
book on Surnames and the one on First Names as well. They are
constant companions for me and among the few that are at my side for
ease of daily use.
However, my message did not have as much to do with the meaning or
root of the name as it did with where the occurences of individuals
or original geographic areas are located. So Andre, your message is
informative in that way.
I will forward the names of the colonies in Galizien to you when I am
back in my library and also some of the occurences that I know of in
--- In Galicia_Poland-Ukraine@yahoogroups.com, Andre Switala
> Hello Brian,
> Among other spellings I have seen and that I think might
> be related to
> the Switala name are Schwitalla (mainly in Silesia), Schwiethal,
> Schwital (which I saw in old Berlin address books) and also
> more exotic
> ones as Szwitala, Schwitulla, Swytala etc.
> It seems to me, that most of the Switala's lived in the Posen area
> (Wielkopolskie) and Silesia (with the different spellings as well).
> Since those parts belonged for a long time to Preussen, the German
> language might have been adopted and thus they might have
> themselves as German.I
> In fact, the reason why I subscribed to this mailing list is, that
> found a brother of my grandfather who got married in Galicia. Hisname
> was Waclaw (Venceslaus) Switala and he got married to MaryaPasierbek in
> Antoniowka near Kochawina in 1917 (they lived in Jajkowce). Themarriage
> record states, that at that time he was in the German Army and ontime I
> vacation/leave during that time. In the birth records around that
> found one daughter that was born in 1919, with the name JozefaSwitala.
> The records continue until the 1940s in the microfilm I currentlyhave,
> but no other birth was found there. So I think he might have movedthat had
> Could you please let me know where those German colonies where,
> that name? I am always interested in finding new Switala's aroundthe
> world, so I would appreciate any information you could give me onthat.
> Thanks in advance.
> > >
> bjlenius wrote:
> > Hi Andre,
> > Just wondering about your surname. One of the many surnames from
> > German Catholic colonies in Galicia is Switalo. It always seemedto me
> > unlike a German surname. Anything you can tell me about yours?seems to
> > Tnx,
> > Brian
> > --- In Galicia_Poland-Ukraine@yahoogroups.com, Andre Switala
> > <andre@> wrote:
> >> thanks to everyone who helped me with my question. Indeed it
> > be
> >> a good source for genealogical research.
> >> Andre
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