- --- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@y..., "patti wilkin" <tishwp@h...> wrote:
> I joined this list to search for my husbands family. They havealways said
> they were slavik, but I was never sure what that meant. The storyis they
> were one of the first families in Little Ferry, NJ. His name isPytlik and
> her name is Turick.grandmother
> Now that I've been watching the list for awhile maybe my polish
> would also fit in here. She is a Yankowski from Slabodia, Poland.Her
> father was Joseph Yankowski and her mother was Amelia Dolick. Thisis all
> off her ss application. I understand they came here when she was 2,so that
> should be about 1911,Word 'Slavish/Slavik' was sometimes used in U.S. Census enumerations
for 1900 and 1910.
If nativity and language were marked 'Slavish/Slavik' this
invariably meant (Carpatho) Rusyn ethnicity and implied a G.C.
(Carpatho-Rusyns speak 'po nashemu', their language is similar
to Ukrainian and uses the Cyrillic alphabet)
Sometimes the lines in the censuses were crossed out later
and rewritten with the word 'Slovak'.
'Slavish/Slavik' was a somewhat derogatory term at the time.
Poles tended to be R.C. religion.
What was the surname religious affiliation ?
There is no place named Slabodia located in Poland.
Perhaps it was a phonetic rendition of some place name such as
From the late 1790s until the end of WW I, Poland did not exist as a
country. It was divided among the Russian, German (Prussian), and
Austrian Empires. These divisions were known as Partitions.
There was Russian-Poland, German-Poland, and Austrian-Poland, but no
country called Poland for 125 years.
In Polish and most Slavic languages , the letter J is pron. Y and
the letter Y is not used for surnames.
Jankowski is a common Polish surname derived from the Polish first
name Jan (John)
The Poles derived about 120 different surnames from the first name
Jan by just changing the surname endings.
There are a great many surname Jankowski bearers in the world.
Probably 5000-7500 surname bearers just in the US.
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