Re: Svrcina, Svrcek et al
- Svrc~ina is a Slovak word, it means a pine tree or a pine grove.
The term Valas~sko (Wallachia) in Moravia dates back to the late middle
ages. It's the westernmost end of the Carpathians, and the last area to
be affected by the Wallachian migrations. It was called Valas~sko
because of the shepherding culture there, as opposed to the Hana area of
Moravia where people were farmers. Valach originally referred to the
mixed ethnic group of Wallachians, but as they assimilated to the local
population it came to mean just shepherd. Over the years shepherding gave
way to farming in Valas~sko, so by the 1800s they were mostly farmers too,
with shepherding surviving only in a few places like around Roznov.
> Yes! I first thought that I might have one of those wandering shepherds
> here. But is the name Svrc~ina a Rumanian name? And can someone please
> enlighten me as to why part of Moravia is called Wallachia?