Re: Dual Surnames - What do they imply/mean?
- --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Jim" <gensearch2@...> wrote:
> Beginning in 1845, I find a number of births with the parents
> Josef Galanda and Maria Galanda. On one of the birth records (Gyorgyname
> Galanda, 1851), above the name of the father, Josef Galanda, the
> Haburaj is also written. Haburaj is a surname that appears fairlyf>
requently in the village.
I had a similar situation with my uncle Vasko Choma in Saros County.
About 1890 the parish records added Maczko to his family's surname.
His grandmother was a Maczko. There were a few Choma and Homa
families in the village. My mother married a Choma Cmar. He died on
the Polish front in WWI. My thought is that it was a way of
distinguishing between families. When I visited in 1999, they were
still using double surnames in the village.
The only other place I saw it used, outside of parish records, was on
the manifest of the ship that brought my uncle's sister-in-law to the
US. She and her children were listed as Choma Mackos. They
abandoned the double surname once they arrived.
- Hi David,
Is the Dolina you mentioned, Sucha Dolina? I believe that Dolina means
valley in Slovakia and there are probably a lot of places called Dolina in
My great-grandparents are from Sedlice and Sucha Dolina in the Saris
region. G-Gfather was a Kotulus and he married a Sebes. What is confusing
is that we keep finding references to a Sebes-Ondus in the records and could
never figure out why the double name. Other related family names from the
village are Palko, Matisko and Dorov.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2007 4:49 AM
Subject: Re: [S-R] Re: Dual Surnames - What do they imply/mean?
> Hello John:
> It is good to see another SARISAN in our group! My main line BALOGA
> (BALOG/BALOGH) also comes from the SARIS region - the villages of VITAZ,
> OVCIE, and
> DOLINA to be exact. In regard to the use of the dual (or hyphenated)
> in your family, your intuition is correct. The use of an alias name is
> quite common in large family clans and used to distinguish between
> with the same first and last name (this can happen quite often if the
> lived in the same village for several generations), and often results in
> use of a dual (or hyphenated) surname to distinguish between various
> of a family within a larger family clan, or in some instances to simply
> distinguish between families who bear the same surname in the same
> village. In my
> own family -- BALOGA (BALOG, BALOGH among other spelling variants), one
> of the BALOGA (BALOG) family was known as BALOGA-KOTSIK (KOCIK) and it
> traced back to the early 1800's to a marriage between a STEPHANUS BALOGA
> and a
> SUSANNA KOTSIK (KOCIK). I often saw the use of other dual surname in
> parish in the SARIS Highlands west of Presov, and these similarly traced
> back to
> a mother's maiden name or the maiden name of a paternal grandmother. I
> this helps.
> Best regards,
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