Re: Family Line Nicknames in Slovakia
Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. I was in Plavnica back in
2001. My 2nd cousin lives there, and his son has emailed photos from
time to time. I had reviewed the LDS tapes and family tree goes back
to mid 1700's. It was fun to be there - especially so close to the
When I was traveling back to Budapest by train a native and I were
chatting and he said our surname meant some part of tree, though I
can't remember exactly what. I will ask them if our family has any
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Michael Mojher" <mgmojher@j...>
> Dear Members,discovered that there is an important piece of genealogy information
> While researching family members in Plavnica City Hall I
that is not recorded in official records. Yet this information is
used by the local population and is vital for tracing family members.
> It is what I would call "Family Line Nicknames". The people ofa town are very much aware of family lines. When they refer to a
certain family they will say they are, " surname 'do' nickname."
The "do" is "to" in Slovak. It is not uncommon in conversation when
speaking of an individual they will not even use the surname at all.
Instead just the given and nicknames are used.
> This is used so all those of the same given name with the samesurname can be told apart from one another.
> For myself I discovered that the Mojchers have threedistinctive family lines and corresponding nicknames. The Rindos line
I was investigating had four such lines and nicknames.
> From the Rindos lines I discovered that the nicknames are notalways complementary. One line's nickname translated
> The net result is that I couldn't complete my research becauseon one family member because there were too many of "him" and I did
not know his "do".
> The consequences are when you contact a City Hall directly forinformation. They may tell you they could not find anything, even
though in truth the information is there. The problem is there were
just too many with the same given and surnames for them to take the
time to search the records. But by having the "do" it could be found
> This is a real "catch-22".it?
> Has anyone else run into this "do" problem or know more about
> Michael Mojher
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