16690RE: [Slovak-World] Re: geneology
- Sep 6 9:22 AMThanks for the insight, Martin and Joe. This is very interesting.
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On Behalf Of Martin Votruba
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 11:41 AM
Subject: [Slovak-World] Re: geneology
> voda (water)It might appear so (just as, e.g., the place names that include
Plavecky might appear to be from "swimming", or Zahradnik might appear
to mean "from behind the castle"), but the root in these names is
"lead" (vodit, viest, zavadzat). Zavod- (-nik, -sky, -c~i, etc.) were
names of occupations, a "guide/leader" who led groups of people to/at
work (typically in the open: forests, fields), in armed conflicts, or
someone who guided beasts of burden, horses in the army...
votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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