My mother liked to tell the story (to my chagrin, of course) that I once
asked her if Mrs. Bajus had "bajusy" too (just for the record, she was a
sweet lady and didn't).
>>> votrubam@... 2/3/2005 2:53:06 PM >>>
> last name of some family friends: "Bajus" Does this belong to
> category of suffix?
I don't think that contains a suffix. Its "whiskers" (in Hungarian:
bajusz). That's almost a historical name!
Daniel Speer, a German from Silesia, went to study music in Kezmarok,
lived and traveled elsewhere in east Slovakia for a few years in the
He was in his late teens/early twenties then. He later published a
about it, one of those "Simplicissimus" adventure stories (Ungarischer
One of its high points was his capture by highwaymen somewhere between
and Saris Counties. Speer said that he spoke "half Slovak, half Rusyn"
their three leaders, because they were all Rusyns. He gives their
Janko Paholok (whose surname Speer spells _Pacholek_ and explains as
Bold Guy"), Havran (which Speer spells _Hafran_ and explains as
and -- Bajuz.
Speer spells it _Beyhus_ and doesn't explain it, but it's highly likely
it was Bajuz/"Whiskers." The word _bajuzy_ (whiskers, mustache) occurs
conversational Slovak today, too.
votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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