German Gura and Gurka
- Bill and Tom,
They might well have been Germans of remote Slovak origins--a number
of Carpathian Germans have slovak patronymics, evidence of early
intermarriage of Slovaks into the German villages.
From my encyclopedia of 20th century Carpathian German Lutheran
ministers, by Rev. Metzl, I see 3 Gura/Gurka. All three lost their
homeland in 1945 thanks to Mr. Benes:
Rev. Eugen Gura, b. 1872 Wagendruessel/Zips (Vondrisel, now Nalepkovo)
from an old local family. He died 1953 in Germany.
Rev. Erich Gurka, b. 1937 in Oberufer near Pressburg, now a part of
Pressburg (Bratislava). He lives in Germany now.
Rev. Johann Gurka, father of Erich, b. 1910 in Bauschendorf/Zips
(Busovce), as Sohn of the peasant Johann Gurka and Maria, born Spitko.
He died 1979 in Germany.
----- Original Message -----
From: william gura <wgura@...>
Date: Monday, September 10, 2007 6:34 pm
Subject: Re: [S-R] Re: Family nameGurka maybe Durka for me? I am
searching for Durka
> the family name was Gura as far back as it goes... all seem to be
> Slovak,,, from the Spis region.... this is all that i can give
> you.... bill
> Deb <chance_darkeyes@...> wrote: This is the
> closest name I have found to the name I am searching for,
> and you would have the same roots that I would have. What other
> information do you have, that possible I can see if my great
> grandmother links. Thanks Deborah
> --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "tom geiss" <tomfgurka@...>
> > Dear moderators and group, Greetings. My family name in Spis
> of Slovakia was Gurka. However I have been informed that they came
> Austria, and spoke German. When I asked someone if Gurka was
> or Slovak, they replied that Gurka was a"Polish'" name. Can anyone
> verify this? Tom
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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