Yes, I have heard the same. The woman's family name would be adapted if
the woman's family was much better off than the mans family; if the
woman's family name was in danger of dying off; or as you say, if the
name was too common they might modify the name adapting the womans name
in fromt or bakc. In part of my family I belong to the Pavel Valyo's to
seaparate us from the other Valyo's. Ironically there is only one old
nasty man in the village with that name today!
J. Michutka wrote:
> From: "J. Michutka" <jmm@...>
> At 09:37 PM 12/8/99 EST, you wrote:
> >From: JArcher360@...
> >In some of these communications, there was a mention of a man's adopting a
> >surname of a woman, her maiden name, etc. I can remember some old man
> >telling me why that was so, but, I was young, and didn't think I would ever
> >really use that information. Perhaps someone else paid attention and knows
> >why that practice was in use? Caroline
> >From a book on Czechoslovak genealogy (I think), there was a mention of the
> husband taking the wife's family name if he(they) got the wife's family
> farm. A variation on this seems to have happened in my own ancestry: male
> Pavlik married female Fiuri; from various records (mostly baptismal records
> for a couple of generations), it looks like this couple took on the Fiuri
> family farm/business (address was given in the records). And the family
> last name became Fiuri Pavlik, sometimes Pavlik Fiuri, for a couple of
> generations. There were TONS of Pavliks in this small town, and at least
> two other branches did a double last name; I didn't track their addresses
> to see if it was another instance of property going to the son-in-law, or
> just a way of keeping all those Pavlik families straight.
> I think there was an instance in the descendents of a Jewish rabbi where he
> had no sons, one of his sons-in-law followed in father-in-law's footsteps,
> and took his father-in-law's family name as well.
> Hope this helps.
> Julie Michutka