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Re: Last names - derivations

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  • Martin Votruba
    ... There are quite a few, Vladimir, as well as in the Czech lands, Hungary, Ukraine... At the same time, there are also plenty of originally British
    Message 1 of 51 , Feb 27, 2006
      > I would not be surprised, if there were also many in Poland.

      There are quite a few, Vladimir, as well as in the Czech lands,
      Hungary, Ukraine... At the same time, there are also plenty of
      originally British Matlocks, Matlacks, and similar names in the
      English-speaking countries.

      That's why this name alone is rather an unreliable indicator of an
      American's ancestry: these two completely independent names, one
      Central European and the other British, overlap here and are
      impossible to sort out without checking the person's lineage.

      The spelling with just a -k is probably indicative of Central European
      immigrants, but the spelling of some of their names has been changed
      to -ck, so that group includes both British and Central European
      immigrants to the US.


      Martin

      votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
    • Martin Votruba
      ... There are quite a few, Vladimir, as well as in the Czech lands, Hungary, Ukraine... At the same time, there are also plenty of originally British
      Message 51 of 51 , Feb 27, 2006
        > I would not be surprised, if there were also many in Poland.

        There are quite a few, Vladimir, as well as in the Czech lands,
        Hungary, Ukraine... At the same time, there are also plenty of
        originally British Matlocks, Matlacks, and similar names in the
        English-speaking countries.

        That's why this name alone is rather an unreliable indicator of an
        American's ancestry: these two completely independent names, one
        Central European and the other British, overlap here and are
        impossible to sort out without checking the person's lineage.

        The spelling with just a -k is probably indicative of Central European
        immigrants, but the spelling of some of their names has been changed
        to -ck, so that group includes both British and Central European
        immigrants to the US.


        Martin

        votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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