People traveled quite extensively and it is easy enough to have a
hot spot of influence come in with a wave of settlers. The Girus
name could easily be Latinized, or even a Lithuanian derivative.
The Russians als have quite a long history with similar names that
could have been modified to local conditions:
Gira (m) -- var of Giria.
Giria (m) -- Giria, brother of Ivanets Naumovich. 1552. [Tup 103]
Dims: Girka (Girka Naumovich, Zhytomyr craftsman). 1552. [Tup 103]
Vars: Gira (Gira Petrov ziat', Chernobyl' craftsman). 1552. [Tup
Hira (Hira Gavrilovich, lord's peasant). 1565. [Tup 104]
Hyra (Hyra Pronets, Liuboml'sk peasant). 1564. [Tup 103-4]
More searching and a reading of the local history may well reveal if
there was an outside influence in selecting the name.
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
, "Janet Kozlay" <kozlay@...>
> There are about a dozen people with the given name of Girus in the
1715 > Census, including your Girus Danielis. All of them were from
> Since these records were in Latin, it is difficult to determine
what he was > actually called, but I find it interesting that the
name usually appears > among German names. Its use was so localized,
it is probably not > translatable to any name we would recognize.
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