Boehm means from Bohemia, but not necessarily Czech
- Boehm simply means from Bohemia, and is by no means restricted to
Czechs. Germans from Bohemia were called Boehm as well when moving
outside of Bohemia. Also, sometimes, as Hans Bahlow, Deutsches
Namenslexikon, p. 67, notes, the name does not indicate an origin in
Bohemia (whether of German or Czech background), but merely a tie of
sorts that would serve as the basis for a nickname that then would
become a family name. Such a tie could be habitually trading with goods
My grandmother was a born Boehm, whose family was originally from
Austria Silesia (Jaegerndorf-Krnov), and they were not Czechs.
----- Original Message -----
From: jpdfo1982 <jpdfo1982@...>
Date: Thursday, September 6, 2007 4:58 pm
Subject: [S-R] Czech origins
> Since this group covers all of former Czechslovakia, I'm gonna try my
> luck here.
> I'm searching for two names in particular: Böhm and Ziska.
> The first is definitely (of) Czech (origin). The only data I have
> is a
> man called Hans Böhm, who was a lieutenant in Denmark. He was born
> approx. 1660, but I have no data on where. He married Anne Marie
> Majoner in Denmark, and his daughter Johanne Marie Böhm married a
> Danish priest and they moved to the Faroes where their descendants are
> The second concers the name Ziska. I only have a Jacob (Jakub?) Ziska.
> No data on birthdate or -place. He married a Danish woman named Anna
> Knock (1655-1725) and in 1695 he had a son, named after him: Jacob
> Jacobsen Ziska. This son moved to the Faroes, and also has numerous
> So, can anyone help me with this? Any help/pointers will be