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16690RE: [Slovak-World] Re: geneology

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  • Kelly L. Zavotka
    Sep 6 9:22 AM
      Thanks for the insight, Martin and Joe. This is very interesting.


      From: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com]
      On Behalf Of Martin Votruba
      Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 11:41 AM
      To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      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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