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RE: [Slovak-World] geneology

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  • Armata, Joseph R. (JArmata)
    It looks like it could come from the roots za (beyond, behind) and voda (water), so it would carry the meaning of someone who came from across a river, or who
    Message 1 of 6 , Sep 6, 2006
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      It looks like it could come from the roots za (beyond, behind) and
      voda (water), so it would carry the meaning of someone who came from
      across a river, or who lived on the other side of a brook or pond,
      something like that. Of course, surname origins are lost in the mists
      of time, so in most cases there's no way of knowing for sure how a
      surname developed for a specific family.

      Joe


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      Hi,
      I needed to add on to this query...I've noticed that the word
      "zavodka" appears in russian, czech, belorussian, austrian and
      hungarian websites. Does anyone know what language "zavodka" is, and
      what it means? I've not been able to translate it. Thanks,
      Kelly
    • Martin Votruba
      ... 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
      Message 2 of 6 , Sep 6, 2006
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        > 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...


        Martin

        votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
      • Kelly L. Zavotka
        Thanks for the insight, Martin and Joe. This is very interesting. Kelly ________________________________ From: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
        Message 3 of 6 , Sep 6, 2006
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          Thanks for the insight, Martin and Joe. This is very interesting.
          Kelly

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          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...

          Martin

          votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu



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