In short, surnames that are nouns add -ova to the male form to get the
Mr. Koval, Mrs. Kovalova (koval = a smith)
Surnames that are adjectives end in -y for men, -a for women:
Mr. Pekny, Mrs. Pekna (pekny = beautiful)
Pokornik is a noun, so the woman would be Mrs. Pokornikova.
But Pokorny is an adjective, so the woman would be Mrs. Pokorna.
> Can anyone explain how ending of name is done?
> I know that [ova ] is female name added to show family of, but what is
> The rule to add ova?
> example...pokornik...pokornova ? also I was told that adding y also says the
> same thing.
> pokorny? Then I was also told sometimes.. a.. added... porkorna ?
> what letters are dropped to ad ova? and is there a hint to nationality using
> [a ] verses[ ova ]or [y?]
> Just trying to figure out actual spelling of many sur names.