Re: [S-R] Re: Dual Surnames - What do they imply/mean?
In regard to your inquiry regarding DOLINA, it is the village between VITAZ
and KLUKNAVA near BRANISKO MOUNTAIN on the border of SARIS and SPIS counties.
The villages of VITAZ (NAGY VITEZ) and OVCIE (KIS VITEZ), where my great,
great grandfather JOANNES BALOGA (also spelled BALOG and BALOGH among other
variants in spelling) and his father (my great, great, great grandfather
MATHIAS BALOGA were respectively born, are very close to SEDLICE and SUCHA DOLINA
just over the hill from KLENOV and the village of HRABKOV. You are correct
that DOLINA means "valley" in Slovak.
In regard to the surnames that you mentioned, there may be some connections
that our families share. I've been working on a cluster genealogy of the
BALOGA (BALOG, BALOGH) clan in the SARIS HIGHLANDS (villages of SIROKE, VITAZ,
OVCIE, HRABKOV) and the PALKO/PALKUV surname appears several times as a
marriage witness, possibly indicating a family connection. On November 13, 1861,
an ANDREAS PALKUV was a witness to the marriage between an ANNA BALOGA and
ANDREAS JENTSA (JENCA). An ANDREA PALKO also served as a witness to the marriage
between a MARIA BALUCHA and a MATHIAS KOCSIK on January 1, 1864.
The DOROV surname that you mentioned is also intriguing. The DZUROV surname
(as well as DZURIK and DZURIKOVA) does appear in the records of my extended
BALOGA (BALOG, BALOGH) family. In fact, the godfather of my grandfather
ANDREAS BALOG (BALOGA), who was born in HRISOVCE (HRISSOC), the son of NICHOLAUS
BALOG (BALOGA) and JOANNA JURASKO, was a MATHIAS DZUROV. His godmother was a
MARIA BIROS. MATHIAS DZUROV was also the godfather of four of my
grandfather's siblings. I'm not sure of the exact connection with MATHIAS DZUROV but
there evidently appears to be a strong connection with my grandfather's
As far as I can recall, I haven't seen the MATISKO surname but it appears to
be Ruthenian/Rusyn in origin because of the diminutive -KO suffix and appears
to mean essentially "son of MATIS (MATHIAS) or "Little MATIS (MATHIAS)."
I have also been researching the history of the various villages in the
area, and I've come across several items in the ARCANUM (Hungarian "Archives")
database regarding the village of SEDLICE as well as the adjacent village of
MIKLOSOVCE. In 1391, King Sigismund made a donation of land to GALLUS SZECHY
(ZEECH in Latin, sometimes also spelled ZECH) to the villages of SEDLICE,
MIKLOSOVCE and SOPOTNICHA (now part of SEDLICE) at one time belonged to GALLUS
SZECHY (ZEECH in Latin). GALLUS SZECHY was the Count of ZALA county (western
side of Lake Balaton in Hungary) and appears to have been a knight in the
famous ORDINIS DRACONIS ("Order of the Dragon"), from which the legendary Dracula
("son of Dracul") gets his name. In 1393, there is a reference to SEDLICZE
(SEDLICE) and "Magister Gallus de Zech, aulae nostrae miles" (translated
"Master Gallus of Sec, our palace knight"). Zech (Sec) most likely refers to SE
COVCE (formerly known as GALSECS) near ZEMPLEN county, a village with which
Gallus Szechy is associated. There is also a reference in 1418 document to two
of his sons and the Order of the Dragon: "Georgio et Jaabo, filiis Galli,
olim Comiitis Zoliensis de Zech" (George and Jacob, sons of Gallus, for a time
the Count of Zala from Sec (Zech)."
In regard to SEBES, SEBES appears in the names of several villages on the
east of PRESOV -- FELSO SEBES (now known as VYSNA SEBASTOVA) and ALSO SEBES
(now known as NIZNA SEBASTOVA).
Please feel free to write me directly at _David1Law@..._
(mailto:David1Law@...) (the "1" is a "one"). I would love to hear more and see if there
is any connection. If anything, we may be able to help each other out, as I
am trying to go farther back in the records, and it is possible that my
BALOG clan came from the villages south of OVCIE and HRABKOV, as I've seen a
BALOGA in the SIROKE parish record (SIROKE, VITAZ, OVCIE, DOLINA) who came from
the village of DRIENOV (SZOMOS) which is located south and east of SEDLICE.
So it quite possible that our respective ancestors may have at least crossed
paths. I'm particular curious if your DOROV surname is the same as the
DZUROV surname associated with my family. The surnames below are in my direct
lineage, but there are a number of other surnames not listed that are part of my
extended family. I look forward to hearing from you.
Researching the village of ROZNAVA in GEMER County // the villages of
DOMANOVCE, HRISOVCE, KIS SZALOK, KALAVA, KOLONOCZ, KLUKNAVA, MLYNICA, RICHNAVA,
SPISSKE VLACHY, STARY SMOKOVEC, SLATVINA, in SPIS County // the villages of
DOLINA, OVCIE, SIROKE, AND VITAZ in SARIS County the following surnames: BALOGA
(BALOG, BALOGH), BELAK, BUXAR (BUKSAR) CSUJ (CUJ), HAMRAK, HARBALY, HARENCSAR,
HRONEC, HVIZDOS, JURASKO, KAFFAN, KOVALCIK, KREDATUS, ONDERCIN, RUSZBACZKY,
TAKACS, TOMASOV, and variant spellings thereof. Also KUBIT, MOSKAL, ZAJDEL,
WALASZCZYK, KOSIBA in BIALOBRZEGI, SUCHODOL, GLOWIENKA, and KROSNO, POLAND.
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